Crime & Punishment of Sunday, 2 March 2014
Samuel Oppong, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has warned drug peddlers operating in the municipality to be prepared to face the full rigours of the law.
The MCE said it was regrettable that the rate at which ‘wee’ and cocaine trading were being conducted in the Swedru township was alarming, and the Assembly would not allow such illicit business to continue.
Mr. Oppong sounded the warning when he addressed a stakeholders' meeting organized by the Agona West Municipal Assembly at Swedru, to brief businessmen and women, and artisans, among others, on the activities of the Assembly.
The MCE said the rate at which the youth had resorted to the use of hard drugs was very pathetic, and if it was not checked, the practice could ruin their future.
According to Mr Oppong, it would be difficult for investors to come and invest in the area since the nefarious activities of the drug peddlers was sending bad signals to outsiders.
Mr. Oppong said the Assembly will work closely with the Police, Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), and other Security Agencies to first clamp down on the activities of these drug barons, before descending on the users.
He, therefore, cautioned them to desist from the act before the law caught up with them. Mr. Oppong disclosed that the Agona West Assembly spent about 70 percent of its total revenue received from both the central government and development partners in 2013.
Mr. Antwi Boasiako, Agona West Municipal Coordinating Director, told the gathering that the Assembly far exceeded its revenue target of 863,000 Ghana Cedis as against 914, 000 Ghana Cedis projected last year.
He said the Assembly completed all proposed projects planned in the 2013 budget. Mr Boasiako therefore appealed to businessmen and women in the Municipality to pay their tolls and taxes regularly to enable the Assembly to initiate more projects to better the lot of the people.
Mr. Baba Saeed, executive member of the Ghana Tailors and Dress-makers Association appealed to the Assembly members to hold regular meetings with their electorate, to brief about on-going development programmes of the Assembly.