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, at the commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 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 particularly proud to be associated with the formulation of the Master Plan, which provides an integrated and comprehensive roadmap for multi-sectoral interventions to address a wide array of drug related issues in Nigeria, in line with international drug control conventions. It outlines activities that will help reduce significantly the incidences of illicit cultivation, production, use, and trafficking of narcotic substances in Nigeria and indeed the sub-region,” said Koli Kouame, UNODC Nigeria Country Representative.
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.