Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An OAU plan of action against drug trafficking and abuse, notes Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim, is fraught with setbacks including inadequate response from member states coupled with shortfalls in human and financial resources.
In a report due discussion Friday at the 74th ordinary session of the OAU council of ministers, Salim paints a gloomy picture with the disclosure that only ten of 53 member countries have been able to furnish the OAU secretariat on a regular basis with data on drug abuse.
At the moment, he says, monitoring of drug control activities on the continent is done through annual questionnaires sent to member countries and regional economic communities.
Salim has urges the Council of Ministers to consider remedial action including the establishment of a permanent structure within the OAU to address drug control and the prevention of crime.
"The Council may also wish to look into the possibility of setting up a mechanism for the establishment of an African Fund for Drug Control," Salim suggests.
The OAU project on drug control is known as 'Capacity building for the implementation of the OAU Plan of Action on Drug Control.
' It was to be implemented with the help of the UN Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).
Within the framework of the project, the OAU has established a drug control focal point within the division of Population, Health, Labour and Social Affairs under the Community Affairs Development.