The Chairman of the West Africa Commission on Drugs, Olusegun Obasanjo and Kofi Annan, Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, today met with Ghana’s President, John Mahama, Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and discussed regional responses to the growing drugs threat in West Africa.
In June, the West Africa Commission on Drugs concluded that drug trafficking, consumption and production in West Africa undermines institutions, threatens public health and damages development efforts.
It called on West African governments to reform drug laws and policies and decriminalizes low-level and non-violent drug offences.
“ECOWAS is uniquely placed to urge West African governments to collaborate and make common cause against the threat posed by drugs”, Chairman Obasanjo said.
He added that “only a concerted regional response has a realistic chance of curbing the pernicious effects of this well-organized trade.”
Kofi Annan on his part noted that West African governments “must look pragmatically at what works and what does not when it comes to dealing with drugs.”
“The report which chairman Obasanjo of the West Africa Commission on Drugs will present to President Mahama, makes a frank assessment of the situation and puts forward concrete policy recommendations which I hope will be heeded across the region and beyond”.
About the West African Commission on Drugs
Chaired by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) was created in January 2013 to make face to the ever-growing threats posed by drugs in West Africa.
Kofi Annan, in consultation with international and regional partners, national governments and civil Society organizations convened the Commission, which in June 2014, presented its landmark report entitled “Not Just in Transit: Drugs, Society and the State in West Africa”.