In the Ivory Coast's capital, Abidjan, a pan African seminar on drug abuse opened last Wednesday (18 July).
In the Ivory Coast's capital, Abidjan, a pan African seminar on drug abuse opened last Wednesday (18 July). Under the auspices of UNESCO, delegates from six countries met to discuss how Africa's growing drug problem could be halted.
SYNOPSIS: The delegates met at the National Institute of Public Health to find ways and means to fight the battle against drugs. the delegates want to form education centres with the aim to stop the continuing spread of drug abuse among young people. Drug abuse is going rapidly on the African Contingent. In 1976, the Ivory Coast Drug Squad dealt with 98 drug offences. Only one year later, that figure increased by more than 10 percent.
The offences concerned the abuse of cannabissativa, also known as Marijuana which is cultivated in most African countries. It was against this background that the Ivory Coast's Minister for Primary Education and Educational Television, Pascal Dikebie N'Guessan rallied delegates to use all of Africa's physical and moral forces against the problem which he says is threatening the country's economic progression.
The delegates were urged to alert young people against drug abuse by educating them from a young age about its dangers. The theme underlying the opening day of the seminar was prevention. The delegates agreed that the most effective way to fight drug abuse was to present its inherent risks both for the individual and the society. The Abidjan seminar ends on Friday (27 July).