Police Minister urges related stakeholders to cooperate in the fight against drugs
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 19/06/2019
The Minister of Police this morning highlighted the significance for the Ministry and related stakeholders to work together to fight against illicit drugs in Tonga. He highlighted this to officially open the second public consultation on drugs to formulate an action plan in the fight against drugs.
In his address, Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu says, the problem faced by drugs is everyone’s responsibility and therefore, everyone should work together to solve this problem.
“Tonga Police have taken the initiative but this is a fight that we can only win together. I am confident that with your help, we can deliver a national policy and action plans that would safeguard our communities, our young people and generations to come. It is vital that we as a country, make a united stand against illicit drugs now.”
Meanwhile, Alfred Soakai from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat – PIFS showed his support for the initiative.
“The Pacific Islands Forum together with the Tonga Police has viewed that the solution to the drug problem goes beyond law enforcement centric approaches that currently exist in Tonga but also in many other jurisdictions. Tonga is not alone in this fight. Now is the time to act and act together we must.”
Also attending the program are town and district officers to discuss and formulate national policy to punish those dealing with drugs to ensure Tonga is safe from the negative effects of drugs especially the youths.
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