Drug traf­fick­ing: UN flays routes ex­pan­sion in W/Africa

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The United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has con­demned the ex­pan­sion of drug traf­fick­ing routes in West Africa, say­ing that the sub-re­gion has be­come an im­por­tant tran­sit routes for drugs to other part of the world.

The UNODC Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Cristina Al­bertin, spoke dur­ing a Tech­ni­cal Ex­perts’ Meet­ing of the West African Epi­demi­ol­ogy Net­work on Drug Use (WENDU) or­gan­ised by ECOWAS Com­mis­sion.

Al­bertin said though drug sit­u­a­tion is glob­ally evolv­ing, anec­do­tal ev­i­dence seems to sug­gest an in­creas­ing trend in drug use es­pe­cially among young peo­ple in West Africa.

She called for global ac­tion to tackle the men­ace of il­licit drug pro­duc­tion traf­fick­ing and us­age. Al­bertin how­ever said her of­fi­cer is col­lab­o­rat­ing with ECOWAS mem­ber states to adopt holis­tic ap­proach to com­bat­ing drug pro­duc­tion, traf­fick­ing and use.

The ECOWAS Di­rec­tor of Gen­der, Youth/Sports, CSO, Em­ploy­ment and Drug Con­trol, Dr. Sin­tiki Ugbe, said the meet­ing was or­gan­ised to col­late and an­a­lyse data on drug pro­duc­tion, traf­fick­ing and abuse in the West Africa.

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