Regional News of 2014-01-16

NACOB builds capacity of civil society groups

The Head of the Education Department of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Mr Solomon Stanley Eyor, says the board is not relenting in its effort to get the public to understand the dangers of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

He said that at a capacity building programme for 60 members of coalition groups in the La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality in the Greater Accra Region.

The programme was part of a collaborative partnership between the Philip Foundation, a Ghanaian non-governmental organisation (NGO), and the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA).

The participants were taken through basic facts about drug abuse and strategies for prevention, as well as effective strategies to mobilise community support to fight the drug menace.

Mr Eyor said the department always took advantage of every opportunity to educate the people to know the harmful effects of drugs so that they would not fall victim to it.

He said community groups could count on the NACOB for expert training and advice on what role they could play to help with the fight against drugs.

He commended the Philip Foundation for taking the capacity building training to the door steps of the coalition groups, and added that education must be a continuous thing.

“In reality, we need to work hard against the issue of drugs, because if we sit unconcerned and say because we don’t use drugs, our children don’t use drugs and so we have nothing to do with drugs, we are deceiving ourselves. The drug problem affects everyone and we need to come together as a nation to fight against drugs in all its forms,” Mr Eyor emphasised.

The Executive Director of the Philip Foundation, Mr Boateng Mensah, said the collaboration with Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) would be more of capacity building and technical support.

According to him, what the CADCA has been doing is to bring people from different sectors together as a coalition to come up with strategies to deal with drug issues in their respective communities.

He said the Philip Foundation, as the local coordinating body, linked up with the NACOB to provide in-country training on drugs and substance abuse and prevention for coalition members in the La-Nkwantanang-Madina municipality. This was aimed at equipping the participants with the knowledge and skills to provide accurate and behavioural change-oriented messages on drug abuse in their communities.

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