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UNODC director pledges to back fight against corruption, terrorism


The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, has arrived Nigeria on a two-day official mission, pledging to support the country in the areas of anti-corruption, anti-terrorism and drug control with a balanced health-focused approach.

Fedotov’s position is contained in a statement endorsed by UNODC Outreach and Communications Officer, Mr. Sylvester Atere, yesterday, saying the visit is in furtherance of the long-standing excellent partnership between UNODC and Nigeria in the areas of anti-corruption, terrorism prevention; drug control with a balanced health-focused approach; strengthened criminal justice sector and the rule of law in Nigeria and the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) sub-region as a whole.

According to Atere, Fedotov will hold high-level meetings with top government officials and strategic ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) of the Government of Nigeria as well as with the president of ECOWAS.

“Nigeria and UNODC enjoy cordial relationship since almost three decades. Nigeria has ratified the three UN Conventions on Drugs, 15 out of the 19 international legal instruments on terrorism, in addition to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which are all UN Conventions that are under the global mandate of UNODC.

“UNODC works with some 50 government partners in Nigeria, at federal and state level as well as with civil society organizations in the implementation of the Conventions.

“Nigeria is one of UNODC’s priority countries, with a large and comprehensive portfolio in the areas of anti-corruption, the response to drugs and related organized crime, justice sector reform, anti-human trafficking/migrant smuggling and counter terrorism”, he stated.

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