Nigeria to Pilot UN Anti-Drug Project

24 May 2010 (Last Updated May 24th, 2010 18:30)

Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, has been selected by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to test a new anti-drug trafficking project. As part of the pilot, the airport will be linked to global databases and receive enhanced capacity to combat the narcotics

Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, has been selected by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to test a new anti-drug trafficking project.

As part of the pilot, the airport will be linked to global databases and receive enhanced capacity to combat the narcotics trade, according to 234next.com.

It will build drug interdiction capacities for the airport along with a selection of other airports in the West African sub-region.

The project will promote intelligence and information sharing about anti-trafficking operators in international airports from source countries via West Africa to destination countries.

A joint airport interdiction task force will be established at Casablanca airport in Morocco, Bamako airport in Mali and Praia airport in Cape Verde.

The EU will provide a $3.8m fund for the first phase of the project.