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. SintikiUgbe, said the meeting was organised to collate and analyse data on drug production, trafficking and abuse in the West Africa.