The newly appointed commissioner general of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Allieu Sesay, has stated that West Africa is being used by drug traffickers as a major conduit.
In his statement during the celebration of the World Customs Day celebration
yesterday at the Customs House at Cline Town in Freetown, Mr Sesay said the theme for this year’s world customs day: ‘combating illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances”, was agreed on by all customs departments including NRA.
He noted that, “trafficking of narcotic drugs is a global problem”, adding that West Africa especially the porous borders of Sierra Leone had made the region attractive to drug traffickers.
He stated that the main responsibility of the customs and excise department at “NRA is the collection of tariffs on goods entering and leaving the country”, but however noted that, “customs also has the mandate to help prevent harmful substance entering the country.”
In his keynote address, the national coordinator of the National Drugs Control Council, Kandeh Bangura said, “government is concerned about the drug situation in the country particularly the effect drug has on combatants during the war”.
He disclosed that, “parliament is on the verge of making the narcotic act coming to effect,” and presumed that life imprisonment was going to be one of the options.