Introduction: This is the Narrative Report of 2018 Nigeria Global Day of Action and Support Do Not Punish Campaign Programme activities implemented by the West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) Nigeria Chapter from July to September 2018 with financial support from WACSI/OSIWA. The general topic of the 2018 Nigeria Global Day of Action and Support Do Not Punish Campaign Programme was “Improving Advocacy for Effective Drug Policy Reforming Nigeria”.
The main aim and focus of the 2018 Nigeria Global Day of Action and Support Do Not Punish Campaign Programme was to improve drug policy reform advocacy engagement, awareness creation and mobilization of CSOs working in drug-related areas of criminal justice, law enforcement, security, crime prevention, health, human rights, women and child rights protection, good governance, social development, education, youth development, drug abuse prevention, treatment and care, and relevant policy makers from key federal government ministries, departments and agencies for active engagement and participation toward promoting drug policy reform and effective drug control responses in Nigeria. The key objectives include to sensitize and educate selected Nigerian CSOs on drug policy reform issues and advocacy; engage and sensitize the policy and law makers and other key stakeholders on effective legal and policy reform to drug control responses in Nigeria; and create a platform for improved CSOs participation and advocacy on drug policy reform in Nigeria through an official launching of the West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) Nigeria Chapter.
The main activities carried out under the 2018 Nigeria Global Day of Action and Support Do Not Punish Campaign Programme includes:
- Media Round Table In Commemoration Of World Drug Day
- Advocacy Visits and Meetings to Key Policy Makers and Stakeholders
- Public Radio Discussion Programme
- Nigeria Drug Policy Summit
- MEDIA ROUND TABLE IN COMMEMORATION OF WORLD DRUG DAY 2018:
The YouthRISE Nigeria in collaboration with West African Drug Policy Network (WADPN) Nigeria to organized a 1-Day Media Round Table in Commemoration of World Drug Day 2018 held at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, July 3, 2018. The Theme of the event was “table to engage with relevant stakeholders with focus on promoting youth-centered drug policy and human rights. At this event, YouthRISE Nigeria launched its Drug Policy Recommendation Document and flagship advocacy campaign- “WE ARE PEOPLE”. There was a video presentation of the YouthRISE Documentary Title’ WE ARE PEOPLE’. The highlight of the event was the launching of the WE ARE PEOPLE Campaign by YouthRISE Nigeria. in attendance include the Special Assistant on health matters to the Senate president of Nigeria; representatives from NDLEA; Federal Ministry of Health; National Human Rights Commission; UNODC; Civil Society Organizations; tertiary institutions; student groups and media personnel. The highlight of the event was the launching of the WE ARE PEOPLE Campaign by YouthRISE Nigeria.
Also, during the event, the National Coordinator of WADPN presented the WADPN-Nigeria World Drug Day 2018 Press Statement on the ‘State Of Substance Abuse And Illicit Drug Trafficking In Nigeria at the event to express our serious concerns about the state of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria, and the need for urgent action and concerted efforts toward an effective and sustainable drug control system in which the health, security and well-being of all Nigerians is the central goal. The Press Statement highlighted the current state of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria including the heightened risks and unintended consequences created by the current “war on drugs” in Nigeria, and made far reaching recommendations to various policymakers and stakeholders that are very imperative for an effective and sustainable drug law and policy reform that can reduce consumption and illicit trafficking, and prevents and reduce harms related to drug use and drug trafficking in Nigeria. The Press Statement was disseminated with the Media and participants. He also had a media briefing with the various media organizations invited for the event.