Federal Ministry of Justice and key agencies join UNODC in launching its Strategic Vision for Nigeria 2030

Abuja, 4 March 2022 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched the Strategic Vision for Nigeria 2030 in Abuja today, together with the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

The Strategic Vision provides a roadmap for UNODC’s partnership with the government and people of Nigeria, which aims to strengthen concerted efforts to prevent and tackle crime, terrorism, corruption and the world drug problem, and their effects on the economy, environment, and people. It seeks to leverage UNODC’s revitalized approach to the continent outlined in its Strategic Vision for Africa 2030, while focusing on the specific needs, challenges, and priorities of Nigeria.

In his Keynote Address, the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami highlighted that, “the Federal Government is in support of the Strategic Vision for Nigeria 2030 which will support Nigeria in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly SDG 16 aimed at promoting peaceful inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice institutions at all levels. Nigeria also welcomes the thematic Five (5) Priority Areas of the Strategic Vision”.

UNODC Country Representative to Nigeria, Oliver Stolpe said through the Strategic Vision for Nigeria, UNODC aim to achieve the following: “make the criminal justice system more effective; safeguard institutions and the economy from illicit financial flows and corruption; fight terrorism and violent extremism; protect people and the environment from organized crime; and promote health through better drug use prevention, counselling and treatment, as well as better access to health services for people who use drugs and people in detention who live with HIV”.

The Strategic Vision represents a renewed pledge for UNODC and Nigeria to work together towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. The document is the result of extensive consultations with UNODC’s government counterparts, civil society and academia, the private sector, and members of the United Nations country team in Nigeria.

Since the establishment of its country office in Nigeria in 1990, UNODC has taken important steps to support Nigeria in developing robust legal and policy frameworks, strengthen institutions, and enhance the operational skills and capabilities of thousands of law enforcement officers and judges. The Strategic Vision aims to help better employ those capabilities and frameworks.

The document also outlines five change enablers to ensure broader impact and socioeconomic transformation, namely: partnership and collective action, women’s empowerment and gender responsiveness, youth inclusion and empowerment, prevention and resilience, and innovation and technology.

The launch event was attended by a wide range of criminal justice system stakeholders as well as representatives of the diplomatic community and development partners.


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