To Stop ‘Super Friday’, Sale of Alcoholic Beverages to Juveniles; LNP Holds Successful Meeting With Beaches and Entertainment Center Owners
IGP Sudue, top addresses attendants Business owner makes presentation Some attendants in pic with IGP Sudue
Authorities of the Liberia National Police on Thursday, June 14, 2018 concluded a successful meeting with beaches and entertainment center owners.
The meeting which was aimed at brainstorming means of stopping school-going children from boycotting classes and running to beaches and entertainment centers to take drug and other deadly narcotic substances brought together scores of owners of beaches and entertainment centers.
Making his presentation, Police Inspector General, Patrick Sudue cautioned beach and entertainment center owners to desist allowing school-going children and other children in their various business spots while schools are in session. He indicated that the ‘Super Friday’ festivity is seriously undermining the performance of students and also contributing to deviant behaviors of students and youths.
“All of you here are parents. As such, it is all of us responsibilities to ensure that the future of our young generation is secured. It is the sole responsibilities of parents, school administrations, the general public and national government that our children are not exposed to danger which can undermine their future,” Col. Sudue noted.
The uncompromising and hardworking Police Chief vowed to arrest and forward to court any business owner who endangers the lives of students and underaged children. He said it is the statutory responsibility of the Liberia National Police to ensure that citizens’ lives are secured and protected.
The LNP’s Inspector General pledged his unflinching commitment to working with the business community and other stakeholders in ensuring the success of this operation named and styled, “Operation Preserve the Future”.
In their interaction, the owners of beaches and entertainment centers welcomed the decision of the LNP to sit with them on a round table to discuss means of stopping this unwholesome act of students and juveniles.
They called on the LNP to go further by inviting health officials, school authorities, and parents to join the campaign if it must succeed. They applauded the LNP for its farsightedness in including them and other stakeholders in this campaign.
“We are convinced that this campaign will succeed. To have thought of including us in this campaign was very necessary. Therefore, we are prepared to work with the Police in stopping juveniles and school-going children from coming to our business especially during school hours,” the meeting attendants noted.
They however cautioned the LNP to work with pharmacists to discourage them selling a prescription drug called “Tramadol” and other side effect drugs now being consumed by most young people. They added that the consumption of these side effect drugs have become so common to the extend where young people are now buying them at various pharmacies.
Meanwhile, a unanimous decision was made by beach owners in attendance to shut down their beaches from 6 AM-3 PM after school hours every Friday.
The meeting ended with beach and entertainment center owners smiling and appreciating the leadership of the LNP for its Proactiveness in involving them in this “Super Friday” enforcement plan.
High school students have been noticed on beaches, in clubs and other public areas on Fridays during school hours, referring to it as “Super Friday”, a day they go out during school hours for merry making and fun time.
During this time, the Liberia National Police has observed that young children are introduced to the abuse, possession, and sale of narcotics, an act that pushes the youthful generation and students not to respect their school authoritiesafter consuming such harmful substances.
This operation shall be carried out in Monrovia and its environs effective June 8-29, 2018. The operation seeks to prevent and eliminate the massive recruitment of young children in unlawful acts in the Liberian Society.
The operation will be inclusive of all personnel involved with law enforcement within the borders of Liberia, specifically in Monrovia and its suburbs.
LNP intelligence has further established that students are usually in color clothes with bags, and among bad guys in ghettos along various beaches. It is also affirmed that people in such environment, for fear of being arrested are usually in possession of sharp instruments as weapons for self-defense.
The Execution of this operation shall be in three phases: Pre, Actual, and Post Operational Phases.