You are here: HomeWallOpinionsArticles2009 05 25Article 162569

The Presidential Circus

Comment: Nana Ansah Getting Updated !

Jato Julor(J.J.)Rawlings
2009-05-25 19:52:54
Comment to:

Nana Ansah getting updated as a result of his assumption and inclination that cocaine and heroin trafficking started on 7th January 2001.


Home Politics

Doing Cocaine Politics (Part Three)

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

…Ghana Is An International Centre For Drug Trafficking, Said NDC Minister In 1999!
A week ago, Professor Atta Mills, the Flag Bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of creating the enabling environment for the proliferation of drugs in this country.
But research conducted by this newspaper indicates that by June 1999, when Professor John Evans Atta Mills was solidly in control as the second most powerful personality in Ghana, the problem of illicit drugs had become so much of a problem that even government officials were complaining!

Indeed, speaking at a workshop on drugs on May 31, 1999, the then Executive Director of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) and the then Minister of Interior Nii Okaidja Adamafio, warned Ghanaians not to underestimate the problem of drugs in Ghana.

They said that Ghanaians were under the erroneous impression that there were no drug problems in Ghana, and that this was worrying, adding that Ghana was a major centre for drug trafficking.

Said Nii Okaidja Adamafio, speaking at the workshop organized by the African Anti-Drug Programme Secretariat, “Indeed, in international reckoning, Ghana is STILL very much a transit country for the trafficking of cocaine and heroin. This is worrisome!”

This assertion becomes especially interesting in the light of Professor Atta Mills’ claim that the ruling government had created the ‘enabling’ environment for the proliferation of drugs in this country, when indeed his own government was suffering over the same problem, to which they did not seem to have any clear-cut solutions.

A perusal through the newspapers and public records from 1992 to 2000 paint a frightening picture at how much the issue of drugs had gone out of hand under the NDC.

Including the trafficking of marijuana, dozens of arrests and cases and incidents involving drugs were recorded, including the nearly THREE HUNDRED SUSPECTS who were set free because of lack of political will on the part of the ruling government, of which Professor Atta Mills formed a key part.
Many examples would suffice to demonstrate these facts;

1. July 1st 1994- Three suspects arrested at KIA with $45, 000.00 worth of cocaine
2. July 5 1994- Prison Officer arrested smoking wee at a wee hideout

3. August 10, 1994-A Ghanaian born Swiss citizen is reported to have been arrested at KIA, attempting to export 416, 323 grammes of cocaine

4. August 30, 1996-Three individuals, including a Ghanaian, are jailed in the United Kingdom of exporting 65 million POUNDS STERLING of drugs from Ghana to the United Kingdom allegedly on the instructions of Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations

5. September 23, 1994- A drug addict is reported to have killed a fifteen year old school girl.

6. October 8, 1994- A Ghanaian drug trafficker is reported hanged at Singapore’s Changi Prison

7. October 17, 1994- A postal officer is reported as announcing that drug dealers are now using the postal services to deal their trade

8. February 23, 1995- Two persons are arrested for importing 800 grammes of cocaine into the country

9. The British Police arrest ONE MILLION POUNDS worth of crack cocaine, believed to be the biggest single arrest ever at the time, and the leader was a Ghanaian.

10. August 6, 1996- The infamous Frank Benneh is reported to have been arrested in another cocaine bust.

11. May 10, 1997- A Diplomat from Burkina Faso is reported to have slipped through the fingers of local law enforcement to escape on suspicion of importing drugs

12. January 13, 1998- C500 million cedis worth of heroin is busted at KIA, at the time believed to be the biggest single arrest of the stuff in the history of the airport.

13. January 31st, 1998- 76 thumb sized pellets, worth $67, 000.00 are removed from the belly of a Ghanaian drug trafficker in Johannesburg.

14. January 25, 1999- A Major drug trafficker is reported to have been arrested and granted bail back on the streets

15. August 30, 1999-The Daily Graphic reports that the government failed to prosecute nearly three hundred drug suspects! They all walked free!

16. June 28, 2000- Frank Benneh, the drug-using Ghanaian diplomat, is jailed twenty-years, then set immediately free after he filed an appeal. He is still walking free.

These cases are just but a fraction of the frightening numbers of drug cases recorded under the NDC, of which Professor Atta Mills formed a key part.

Drug problem still a critical national issue - Okaija


General News | Tue, 01 Jun 1999

Read More
Have Your Say (0)

More Quotes | Submit a Quote

Accra (Greater Accra) 1st June '99

Nii Okaija Adamafio, Minister of the Interior, on Monday noted that the problem of drug abuse and illicit trafficking is still a critical issue in the country despite the war the authorities are waging against drugs.

In the eyes of the international community Ghana is still very much a transit country for the trafficking of cocaine and heroin, he said.

Nii Okaija was speaking at the opening of a six-day workshop in Accra on the formulation of a national action plan on drug control.

Twenty-seven participants, drawn from some security agencies, including the Police and Prison Services, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government agencies are attending the workshop.

It is being organised by the Narcotics Control Board (NCB) in collaboration with the African Anti-Drug Programme (AADP) and the European Union.

The European Commission in May 1997 signed a regional financing agreement amounting to 5.1 million Euro (13.2 billion cedis) with the aim of developing a regional drug control programme known as the AADP to cover the 16 ECOWAS countries.

AADP aims mainly at strengthening the West African states' drug control operational capacities in the areas of prevention, treatment rehabilitation, law enforcement and co-ordination. The first phase is to be implemented over a four-year period.

Nii Okaija noted that the use of the country as a transit point has created drug abuse problems in urban areas.

It is the expectation of the government that the national action plan that the workshop would formulate should respond to the drug situation in the country, he said.

The plan should include "practical programmes to reduce the demand for illicit drugs as well as a variety of appropriate interventions to promote the health and social well-being of individuals, families and communities affected by illicit drug trafficking and usage."

Mr Didier Hardy, Regional Co-ordinator of AADP, said the workshop, the first of its kind in Africa, shows Ghana's commitment to solving the drug problem.

The AADP provides for financial support to ECOWAS states for the formulation of anti drug action plans and their presentation to the donor community for financing.

Mr Hardy said, the human resource training, component has a budgetary allocation of about three billion cedis.

A budget of about 409 million cedis has been earmarked for the regional training centre for workshops on data collection.

A regional "drug prevention campaign" football tournament estimated at 400,000 Euro (one billion cedis) to be known as "African Cup for Youth Against Drugs", would be launched.

Mr Kofi Quantson, Executive Secretary of NCB, the problem calls for everyone's participation.


This article is closed for comments.

05-24 23:15
Nana Ansah Getting Updated !
Jato Julor(J.J.)Rawlings
05-25 19:52
richard duncan
05-25 11:36
05-26 02:27
05-26 02:31