As Liberia experiences the proliferation
of hard drugs, Rep. George S. Mulbah, who chairs the House Committee on National Defense says he is in possession of a classified UNODC report which threatens to declare the country as a ‘drug state’ if legislators continuously fail to enact the ‘anti-drug’ law.
The House of Representatives passed the anti-drug bill during the 52nd Legislature but the Senate is yet to concur with the Lower House despite persistent pleas by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other law enforcement partners.
Among many elements in the anti-drug law, it stipulates tough penalties for ‘would be drug abusers’ including making the crime “a non-bailable offense.”
Rep. Mulbah declined to make available the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes) report to our reporter, but described it as “a bad news that need quick action.”
Speaking Sunday at his Duport Road residence on behalf of the House Committee on Defense, Rep. Mulbah said, “We are worried over such a report.”
“The report from the UNODC on Liberia is very worrisome. We believe as legislators, it is time for us to act in declaring Liberia an anti-drug state.
“The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed that law during the 52nd legislature. So, it is my hope that the Senate, given the serious nature of this report on Liberia, would see reason to pass this law to stop our country from being labeled as a drug state,” he urged the members of the Upper House.
He warned that failure by the Senate to concur with them could “economically strangulate” the country, since according to him, investors could shun Liberia.