The Narcotics Control Commission, in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, organised a 3-day workshop in Accra to validate a draft National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP).

The NDCMP forms part of the ECOWAS Commission’s Strategic Plan, initiated between 2018 and 2021 in collaboration with its development partners to support 12 Member States to complete their Plans.

Addressing participants, the Chief Director of the Ministry of the Interior, Mrs. Adelaide Anno-Kumi, said the National Drug Control Master Plan is a strategic document that will provide a coherent framework for more comprehensive national drug prevention and control measures.

“The Plan will provide the necessary evidence-based guidance to address drug abuse, illicit drug trafficking and related crimes in Ghana”, she stated.

The Chief Director explained that the workshop will support Ghana to review and validate the country’s draft drug control plans to address drug abuse, illicit trafficking and related crimes. 

According to her, the Plan will improve public health and security for everyone living in Ghana by ensuring that both Drug Demand Reduction and Supply Reduction strategies go hand in hand with sustainable development strategies.

She commended NACOC for organizing the workshop and said the workshop which brought together participants from Health, Drug Demand Reduction, Drug Law Enforcement Agencies, Departments in charge of Corruption, Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing will enhance inter-agency cooperation, ownership and buy-in of national drug prevention and control efforts.

She added that participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the Plan and that when it is validated it will be published and disseminated to relevant agencies, Civil Society Organisations and development partners.