The Publisher of Radar newspaper, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, has urged the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to carry out intensive media campaign to sensitise Nigerians and Akwa Ibom people on the negative effects of drugs consumption.
He made the assertion when members of the UNODC paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, today, stating that the agency should sponsor a research that would detail the percentage of drugs related crimes in each of the 36 states of the federation.
He thanked the agency for taking the sensitisation campaign to media houses in Akwa Ibom State but observed that apart from the proposed UNODC’s seminar on Thursday, July 16, 2017, nothing had ever been heard of the agency in the state. He advised the agency to partner with relevant federal and state government agencies if it must achieve results.
Earlier, the UNODC team which was led by Mr Glen Prichard, the Project Coordinator, Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria, said that the concept of the project: “Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria,” is an European Union (EU) funded project being implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support Nigeria’s efforts to tackle drug-related challenges using a multi-faceted approach.
The project, he noted, commenced in 2013 and will be concluded at the end of 2019, stating that the project objective is to support Nigerian government in its efforts in fighting drug production, trafficking and use and improved access to quality drug prevention, treatment and care services in Nigeria.
He said the project outcomes are to achieve information and evidence base on drug use, drug crime and policy impact are improved and used for policy and programming.
He solicited the support of Radar Newspaper in her planned seminar for the House of Representatives Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes and other stakeholders that will hold at Le-Meridien Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort on Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Mr Prichard said that his team’s visit to Radar Newspaper was part of activities lined up for the Thursday’s seminar in the state.
The three man team also had Dr Akanidomo Ibanga, National Project Officer, NGAV16-Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria and Mr Sylvester Tunde Atere, Outreach answer Communications Officer.
While, they were received by the Radar Newspaper publisher and members of his editorial board.
By Emmanuel UDOATTA/Monday EKPENYONG