Launch of 2010 International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Report

Accra – The 2010 International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) report was launched on 4 March 2011 in Accra by the Honourable Minister of the Interior, Dr. Benjamin Kunbour with students from various schools in attendance at St. Thomas Aquinas School.

UN Resident Coordinator, addressing the participants

The Headmaster of the school, Mr. Francis Ahiagbo welcomed the participants to the school while Captain B. Assasie-Gyimah (Rtd) gave the welcome address. He informed the participants that Ghana Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) is working hard to arrest all those who deal in narcotics. He said that the Indian Hemp known in local parlance as “wee” continues to be the most widely trafficked abused drug in the West African sub-region including Ghana. He mentioned that they know where the farmers are and they will begin to deal with them after serious studies have been undertaken.

Another section of the participants

Dr. Benjamin Kunbour also in his speech indicated how Ghana had cooperated with many international bodies in various ways to combat the drug menace adding that “Government is much committed to changing the current status of the NACOB into an independent commission for effective operations”

Dr. Joseph Bediako Asare, Pioneer member of the Governing Board of NACOB and a Private Consultant Psychiatrist reviewed the report. He analysed it chapter by chapter and advised the general public not to engage in drug trafficking. He said corruption undermines the fight against drug trafficking but urged all to be part of fighting drug trafficking.

Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, UN Resident Coordinator chaired the function and appreciated the work being done by all and sundry in fighting drug trafficking. She mentioned the challenge arising out of the use of drugs and the effects of drugs on society as a whole. She also pledged the UN support in working with Ghana Narcotics Control Board to fulfill its mandate.

The launch attracted numerous personalities including Deputy Minister of the Interior, Honourable Kobby Acheampong, a representative of the Chief Justice, past Executive Secretaries of NACOB, medical practitioners, Service personnel, and some diplomats among others. There was a photo exhibition on drug trafficking.

UNIC-Accra coordinated with the media for the launch and the Acting UNIC Information Officer; Ms. Evelyn Sarpong was the mistress of the ceremony.

The students were given the opportunity to ask various questions some of which focused on the type of equipment used in detecting the drugs. Others were on the statistics of drug consumption and drug trade.

In all their questions were answered and they were advised not to think that the drugs are for studies so they will use them. The Chairman of the Narcotics Board, Captain B. Assasie Gyimah and the Executive Secretary of NACOB, Mr. Akrasi Sarpong agreed with the questioners that clubs in the schools will be made to cover narcotics in their club activities.