GHANA-UK COLLABORATION IN COMBATING DRUG TRAFFICKING: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

ABSTRACT In recent years, Ghana has become a major transshipment point of illicit drugs. This has attracted both domestic and global attention. The government of Ghana has instituted various approaches to dismantle the illicit drug industry, but has seen only marginal success. One strategy that has emerged as an effective pathway to tackling the drug trafficking menace is cooperation between/among countries. Due to the transnational nature of drug trafficking, various countries have explored collaborative strategies to combat drug trafficking. While the Ghana-UK collaboration called Operation West Bridge has existed for over a decade, very little is known about the extent to which that collaborative effort has helped to address drug trafficking particularly in Ghana. Following a thorough analysis of the data obtained from both primary and secondary sources, this study has established that the Operation West Bridge has chalked some successes and there is need to consolidate the gains made. Arrests and drug seizures have increased significantly since the inception of the collaboration. Using cooperation as theoretical framework, the study has also revealed that there exists an unequal relationship in the collaborative agreement. Notably, Ghanaian officials (NACOB) have no access to UK Airports but other hand; West Bridge officials have unfettered access to Airports in Ghana. Also, the collaboration is not holistic enough to serve the interest of both parties, as it looks as though it serves more the interest of British than their Ghanaian collaborators. The study further argues, among others, that the rise in drug trafficking is also a function of undue intermeddling in the work of state security agencies.

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APA

Africa, P. & TAHIRU, U (2021). GHANA-UK COLLABORATION IN COMBATING DRUG TRAFFICKING: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/ghana-uk-collaboration-in-combating-drug-trafficking-prospects-and-challenges

MLA 8th

Africa, PSN, and UMAR TAHIRU "GHANA-UK COLLABORATION IN COMBATING DRUG TRAFFICKING: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES" Afribary. Afribary, 08 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/ghana-uk-collaboration-in-combating-drug-trafficking-prospects-and-challenges. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

MLA7

Africa, PSN, and UMAR TAHIRU . "GHANA-UK COLLABORATION IN COMBATING DRUG TRAFFICKING: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES". Afribary, Afribary, 08 Apr. 2021. Web. 21 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/ghana-uk-collaboration-in-combating-drug-trafficking-prospects-and-challenges >.

Chicago

Africa, PSN and TAHIRU, UMAR . "GHANA-UK COLLABORATION IN COMBATING DRUG TRAFFICKING: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 21, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/ghana-uk-collaboration-in-combating-drug-trafficking-prospects-and-challenges