Nigeria takes giant strides on drug control

Nigeria has taken giant strides on drug control with the endorsement and launch of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) 2015-2019. The Government of Nigeria approved the Master Plan in May 2015 and on 26 June 2015 Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), launched the Plan in Abuja.

With the launch of the Master Plan, Nigeria now has a new framework for reducing harm caused by drugs and for suppressing illicit drug production, supply and trafficking. The Plan offers a platform for strengthening responses on drug control by ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

In his address at the launch of the Master Plan, Ahmadu Giade said, "This comprehensive quality document is a compendium of new ideas and drug control approaches with specific roles for each of our stakeholders." He thanked the European Union and the UNODC for supporting the development of the plan.

The NDCMP was developed through a participatory and all-inclusive nationwide consultative process supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the European Union funded project to support Nigeria's response to drugs and related organized crime.

NDCMP was developed by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Drug Control (IMC) and it provides an integrated and comprehensive solution to a range of drug related issues, in line with international drug control conventions. It has four pillars: law enforcement, drug demand reduction, access and control of narcotics and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes, and coordination.

UNODC is currently supporting the IMC to develop an operational plan and a monitoring and evaluation framework that will enable seamless implementation of the Master Plan.

For more information, contact:

James Ayodele, Outreach and Communication Officer, UNODC

Tel: 234 8029768649; Email: james.ayodele@unodc.org