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Opinions of Thursday, 20 January 2011

Columnist: Lamptey, Alfred

Fumbling Food And Drugs Board (FDB)

The food and drugs board of this country (Ghana ) is
not working up to expectation all for the reason that there are most of the
drugs in this country that have not been registered under the food and drugs
board but these drugs are being sold to Ghanaians ( both illiterates and
literates) innocent Ghanaians. When will the FDB wake up to their feet and
rescue innocent Ghanaians from those illicit drugs on the market?

Many reasons contribute to the availability of
illegal drugs on the market with most of the causes and reasons are through the
functions of the food and drugs board. The FDB personnel lack the requisite
skills in their operations, these skills is up to how the personnel carries how
their investigation on illicit trading of drugs and even in their research on
illegal drugs.

The availability of drugs on the market is all
because the FDB is not able to get all the sellers. This is so because of
inadequate techniques by the FDB personnel. Most of the FDB personnel uses
violent means to get the illegal drug sellers instead of employing a more
persuasive means to get to them. Example, I met a FDB personnel who was arguing
with illegal drug seller and at long last he was not able to even arrest or
even advice the drug seller to go and get his drugs registered, this is not
right at all and therefore such personnel need to be given much training on how
to carry out their duties.

The FDB is not doing well in its investigation about
illegal drugs, this is because it has not been able to fish-out the places and
areas where these illegal dugs are produced. The best way to solve a problem is
by solving it from the source and not from its products or results; therefore
the FDB must try and solve the problem of illicit drugs form the source. If the
drugs are importers drugs, the FDB should work in conjunction with the security
agencies and in other institutions that are responsible for the importation of
goods into the country. If the illegal drugs are produced internally, mostly
traditional drugs, the FDB should work in conjunction with the security sectors
to solve these problems.

The solving of illegal dugs on the market must also
be the concern of the public and every Ghanaian in general. The public should
be vigilant in their operations so that any suspicious drugs on the market
should be reported to the right sectors. Every Ghanaian who will come in
contact with any drug must make sure whether the drug is registered with the
FDB or no before buying that particular drug.

The FDB must stand up to their feet save peoples

Lamptey Alfred