ECOWAS and UNODC build youths capacity to address drug control

Within the context of European Union support to train representatives of media and youth-led organizations/networks to address illicit drug trafficking, organized crimes and drug abuse in West Africa, the ECOWAS Commission had organized, in collaboration with UNODC, a training workshop from July 5 to 6, 2017 at Abuja (Nigeria).

The Support to ECOWAS Drug unit advocacy, Monitoring and coordination capacity meeting knew the participation of ECOWAS media experts, representatives of youths-led organizations/networks, African Union (AU), United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes and Civil Society Organizations.

The opening ceremonies were headed by Dr. SINTIKI T. UGBE, Director in charge of youths and Drug control at ECOWAS Social Affairs Commission. The workshop aimed at promoting strong partnership to address illicit drug trafficking, organized crimes and drug abuse in West Africa.

For these two days, ECOWAS and UNODC experts presented prevention and intervention programs which can be implemented in communities. Therefore, three themes were discussed. The first was on «Drugs, Youths and media: Situational analysis and UNODC contribution to prevent drug addiction use and its treatment basing on evidences », presented by Mr. Babacar DIOUF, program manager in drug demand reduction; the second theme was entitled «understanding the drug problem for effective prevention and control. Daniel Akwasi Amankwaah principal Programme Officer, Law Enforcement (Drugs) and Project Coordinator at ECOWAS and the third presentation «The nexus between corruption and drug trafficking: the role of the media in ECOWAS region » was done by Dr Okorodudu Eseyan of Democracy and Good Governance Department at ECOWAS.

During working sessions, Youth’s group representative and media group representative discussed about challenges and propose solutions as well as pertinent recommendations.

The meeting was ended on global satisfaction of all participants from ECOWAS countries. As regarding ANCE-Togo representative Mr. Sadath Mourtala, Anti-Drug project Coordinator , he highly congratulates ECOWAS commission for organizing this meeting which goes along with activities already carried out by his institution. According to him, this workshop builds once again ANCE-Togo capacity on prevention and drug control. He promises to implement skills acquired within the framework of ongoing community approach to fight against drug initiates by ANCE-Togo.

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