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02.06.2007 General News

Regional Minister condemns mob actions, murders

By myjoyonline
Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister has condemned the spate of murders in some parts of the region and said this had created fear among the people.

He also condemned mob actions that had become rampant in the region and described the practice as "highly unacceptable".

"It is obvious that people are not respecting the rule of law these days and we cannot sit down as leaders and look on and accept such practices as normal because the consequences are mostly fatal", he said.

Mr Baffour-Awuah said this at the first Regional Coordinating Council meeting in Sunyani.

He said the situation had created panic among residents, especially farmers, who could not go about their normal activities.

The regional minister said Atronie and Acherensua had experienced six murders within the past six months, while Sunyani and Berekum had also experienced such gruesome acts.

He said he had directed both the Regional Security Council and the District Security Councils to investigate the incidents and find lasting solutions to them.

Mr. Baffour-Awuah assured residents that efforts would be made to clamp down on the perpetrators of the devilish acts to ensure adequate security in the region.

Mr. Baffour-Awuah said a monitoring and evaluation team had been formed by the council to ensure effective and proper execution of projects undertaken by the assemblies.

The team's responsibility is to evaluate programmes such as budget preparation, award of contracts, financial returns, visits to ongoing projects, especially those being financed by the government and called for co-operation with the team in the discharge of its duties.

The regional minister called for greater interest in the school feeding programme to ensure that the children were fed with good food and urged them to get actively involved in the re-denomination exercise to ensure a smooth take off of the new currency next July.

Source: GNA