Federal Government has reiterated commitment to cordial relationship with the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime in Nigeria, UNODC.

The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu, stated this when he received the UNODC team in his office in Abuja.

He said that Nigeria and UNODC had been collaborating, providing support to state and non-state actors in the area of anti-corruption, counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism, drug prevention, treatment and control.

Bagudu noted that they also fight organised maritime crime, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, justice sector reform, the prevention of HIV and AIDS in prison settings and related to drug use, as well as crime prevention through education.

He, however urged UNODC to involve the ministry in the development of its annual work plan and upload data on her interventions in Nigeria into the Development Assistance Database to facilitate effective reporting on the activities of the organisation.

The Country Director UNODC, Oliver Stolpe, said they had been supporting the country and promised to continue, adding thatthey work with the justice system and all the paramilitary forces in the country.