Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to ECOWAS,
Kurt Cornelis, said that EU had contributed 50 million Euros to the fight
against drug use and illicit drug trafficking in West Africa.
Cornelis stated this in an interview with newsmen at the end of the launch of 2014-2017 West African report on drugs in Abuja.
He said the programme started in 2014 through EU implementation partners, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimefollowing reported increase in drug abuse in the sub-region.
The EU official said it was also discovered years ago that West Africa was used to transport drugs, hence the bloc’s interest in funding programmes that will curb the menace.
He said they support ECOWAS in many areas and they have noticed that drug use and illicit trafficking of drugs have become a problem in West Africa, so they decided to increase their support to ECOWAS in this area.