NACOB boss disputes UNODC drug ranking list

NACOB boss disputes UNODC drug ranking list

- The Executive Secretary of NACOB has challenged a ranking that puts Ghana as 14th in countries that consume the most cocaine

- He has stated that Ghana hasn't conducted a survey yet so the report's findings might not be accurate

- He says Ghana the report probably has information from different years, therefore the information is not current

Ghana's Narcotis Control Board (NACOB) has stated that recent reports stating that Ghana ranks 14th in the world with regards to the consumption of cocaine is false, and unfounded.

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NACOB disputes UNODC drug ranking list

Left: Francis Torkono, Executive Secretary of the Ghana Narcotics Control Board (NACOB)

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Mr. Francis Torkono, NACOB's Executive Secretary, has related that - according to him - the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) report failed to mention the periods at which those statistics were generated, hence his decision to question the reports findings.

The Executive Secretary of NACOB's response comes after a report published by the UNODC indicated that Ghana had been ranked number 14 in a global survey of countries that consume the most amount of cocaine.

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Speaking during a two-day training program aimed at providing journalists with the much needed skill of being able to give accurate reportage on drug related issues, Mr. Francis Torkono stated that his outfit had not yet done a comprehensive survey on the level of drug consumption in Ghana.

The [report] that I saw was by Telegrah, a UK media house, that talked of Ghana being ranked 14th and Columbia that we all know is synonymous to cocaine at number 34. But no mention is made of the year that this statistics was being picked from," said Mr. Torkono.

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Mr. Torko stated each country "is obliged" to submit a report at the end of each year via a provided questionnaire, and that since Ghana itself had not done a survey just yet, it was very likely that the information on the report were from different years.

"Whiles reporting 1998 for Ghana, he is reporting 2006 for Columbia or 2017 or 2016 for Columbia. The whole data was mixed up..." continued Mr. Torkono.

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