Country benefitted from drug prevention programs, says President

President Maithripala Sirisena at the ceremony held at Nalanda College, Colombo.

President Maithripala Sirisena says he has given continuous leadership throughout his entire political career to prevent the destruction caused by the drug menace. The President pointed out that although he signed the declaration to impose capital punishment on drug kingpins, it was not possible to implement the decision due to the opposition of concerned parties irrespective of their political views.

However, the country was able to reap many benefits as a result of the drug prevention programs initiated by him during the last few years and the dastardly terror attack that carried out on April 21 is an cowardly attempt to dwindle the country’s efforts to eradicate drugs.

The President made these comments at a ceremony held at Nalanda College, Colombo yesterday, October 4, to felicitate the Chairman of St. John’s Ambulance Association Sri Lanka and an old Nalandian, Dr. Sarath Samarage, who was honored with a knighthood by the British Queen.

Dr. Samarage, who plays a significant role in the medical field of Sri Lanka, is serving as the President of the Prevention Organization of the Joint Federation of NGOs against Drug Abuse.

The President, appreciating Dr. Saman Samarage for his service to the country, extended best wishes to him on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka.