Rohee seeks clarifications on functions of NANA
Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Clement Rohee is suspicious of the functions of the newly established National Anti Narcotic Agency (NANA). During a recent press conference, Rohee expressed that there is conflicting information in the public about the functions of this Unit, which was supposed to be officially launched since December 2016.
Minister of Public Security, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan went to the Parliament to ask for some $8.8M for the establishment of NANA including rental of an office for its operations.
When pressed by Rohee, Ramjattan disclosed that NANA will be a policy making institution but this is contrary to initial reports about the new drug fighting arm.
According to a Government report published in November 2016, the setting up of NANA is expected to see the merger of the Police Narcotics Unit and the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).
The report said NANA is expected to promote greater coordination between agencies that are involved in the fight against illegal drugs and transnational crimes such as contra- band smuggling, gun and people trafficking.
Rohee said it would appear that NANA would have a dual role and he stated that he will maintain this conclusion until it is clarified.