Na­tional Nar­cotics Bill to Be Launched Soon

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The Na­tional Nar­cotic Bu­reau Bill will be launched in Par­lia­ment soon. This was an­nounced by the Min­is­ter for De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Inia Seruiratu, in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

He said the Bill would help ad­dress the is­sue of hard drugs in Fiji.

Mr Seruiratu said the Bill was go­ing through con­sul­ta­tion pro­cesses and he hoped it would be com­pleted be­fore the next Par­lia­ment sit­ting.

He said the Govern­ment was se­ri­ous about the is­sue of drugs in the coun­try and it was do­ing all it had to do to ad­dress it.

He also high­lighted that an­other Bill that would soon be launched was the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Strat­egy Bill, which would ap­ply to all the 17 bor­der agen­cies in the coun­try.

He urged all Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to sup­port th­ese bills when it came into play.

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama also re­as­sured that the Govern­ment had zero tol­er­ance on any­one that vi­o­lated the law of the coun­try. He said the Govern­ment re­mained vig­i­lant of the new and emerg­ing pat­terns of il­le­gal drug use and it was now work­ing on a Na­tional Frame­work, the Na­tional Nar­cotic Strat­egy which would guide the Govern­ment in ad­dress­ing the is­sue.

Mr Bain­i­marama said en­force­ment agen­cies like the Fiji Po­lice Force, the Fiji Navy and Cus­toms Bor­der of­fi­cials would be en­gaged in th­ese ca­pac­ity build­ing.

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