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General News of Wednesday, 2 July 2003

Source: GNA

Vehicles for Narcotics Control

Accra, July 2 GNA - The British Government on Wednesday donated a Land Rover vehicle valued at 30,000 pounds to the Narcotics Control Board in Accra.

The vehicle, the first of five to be presented to the Board was to help in the campaign against narcotics and drug peddling, especially in the rural areas and the country's entry points.

Making the presentation, Dr. Rod Pullen, the British High Commissioner to Ghana said it showed the excellent cooperation between his government and that of Ghana in the fight against narcotic drugs.

He said Britain would continue to support Ghana in her effort to combat narcotics and drug trafficking since they pose danger and health risk to the the people.

Receiving the key to the car, Mr. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, the Minister of the Interior thanked the British government for the gesture and said the presentation is another manifestation of that government's support to Ghana.

He said the fight against narcotics and drug trafficking was becoming a major problem to the country since the government would require a lot of resources for effective control.

He said just as the western nations were committing a lot of resources to Latin America and elsewhere in the fight against drug trafficking, the same should be done to Africa.