Random Drugs Testing For GOL Officials, Civil Servants Advocated

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The Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) of the African Union Trading Company, Eric Oppong Twum, has called on the Government of Liberia  to conduct random drugs testing for various officials of government ministries and agencies, including  civil servants in the country. Mr. Twum has at the same time, applauded President Joseph Nyuma Boakai his Vice President Jeremiah  Kpan Koung for the introduction of drugs testing as requirement for public positions.

The African Union Trading Company head noted that such action on the part of government must be welcomed by Liberians at home and abroad. He made the statement recently during an interview with a contributor of this paper in Monrovia. According to him, drugs testing should not be done only before taking public positions; instead such test should be done randomly. He said the government should also involve educators in Liberia for drugs testing and students too.

Twum noted that the issue of drugs fight should be tackled across the country. According to him, the government needs to conduct periodic meetings and select people to take the mandatory testing. “No one should know that they are taking drugs test unless the day they are called upon,” he indicated. Twum also recommended to the government to give the drugs testing responsibility to the Ministry of Health, and it should be passed into law by the Legislature. At the moment, the Liberian entrepreneur wants President Boakai to have an Executive order on this drugs fight. According to him, failure on the part of government officials and civil servants to take drugs test seriously, there should be action by the government.  At the same time, the President of the African Union Trading Company said his company will donate shortly to the Government of Liberia, an advanced rapid drugs testing equipment that provides results in ten minutes. He also promised to partner with the government in addressing issues confronting Liberia in this endeavor. He said plans are underway to provide a modern digital testing machine to the Liberia National Police (LNP) for drunk drivers testing as well.

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