2016

Day of Action 2016

In Abuja, the Community Intervention Network on Drugs (CIND) organised an interactive stakeholder engagement action to discuss drug policy in Nigeria. The event was targeted at government enforcement agencies, including the Nigeria Police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

In Enugu, activists held a forum on drug policy reform, an interactive photo campaign and a radio programme to present the campaign.

Media coverage

2016

Nigeria marks ‘Global Day of Action’ in support of drug dependent citizens

This article was originally published on Naija Magazine Online

Community Intervention Network on Drugs (CIND), which comprises civil society organisations involved in drug prevention education, rehabilitation, research and policy engagement, led Nigeria to mark the ‘Global Day of Action’ with the message ‘Support Don’t Punish’, with reference to drug dependent citizens.

Coordinator of CIND,  Dr. Ebiti William said the Network decided to carry the global message to government enforcement agencies including the Nigeria Police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) amongst others. According to him the aim of the global message is to raise support for the decriminalisation of citizens dependent on drugs. He noted that some drug dependents may be struggling with a medical condition. He further stated that over time, criminalising users has not worked. This therefore calls for a change in strategy.

Receiving the network during the courtesy visit to the Force Headquarters, the Force Medical Officer, AIG Kaumi Ahmadu thanked the team for their effort at keeping all stakeholders abreast of international trends and best practices. He assured that the Nigerian Police is now reformed to deal with emerging trends, and pledged the support of the Police. The Principal Staff Officer (PSO), Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) of NDLEA, Mr. Suleiman Labo, speaking during a visit to the NDLEA Abuja office emphasised that generally speaking, the NDLEA does not prosecute drug users. They are counselled and supported, he stated. He advocated for community based treatment to deal with Nigeria’s drug abuse menace.Coordinator of CIND,  Dr. Ebiti William said the Network decided to carry the global message to government enforcement agencies including the Nigeria Police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) amongst others. According to him the aim of the global message is to raise support for the decriminalisation of citizens dependent on drugs. He noted that some drug dependents may be struggling with a medical condition. He further stated that over time, criminalising users has not worked. This therefore calls for a change in strategy.

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2015

Day of Action 2015

A roundtable for the media, government stakeholders, law enforcement officers and people who use drugs was organised in Abuja to raise awareness of the need for drug policy reform. In Enugu, the African Law Foundation held a seminar to discuss the campaign.

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