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19.02.2009 Politics

Government to stamp out drug trafficking in Ghana


President John Evans Atta Mills, on Thursday said government aimed to create a more potent drug enforcement agency that would collaborate more effectively with international drug enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute offenders.

He said the Narcotics Drugs Control, Enforcement and Sanctions Law of 1990 (PNDC LAW 236) would be reviewed to reaffirm government's commitment to stamp out drug trafficking through and from the country.

“We will bring to closure investigations into the numerous high profile drug trafficking cases of recent years and bring to book all those involved,” President Mills was delivering his first State of the Nation Address to Parliament in fulfilment of the 1992 Constitutional requirements.

President Mills promised that his government would bring to a closure, the lingering issues of justice in the murder of the former Ya Na and many of his elders, Issa Mobilla, and several women whose cases still remained a national mystery.

He also stressed the need for the law-enforcement agencies to respect the human rights of citizens and be compromising in their pursuit of those who violated the human rights of others.

The President pledged to continue to respect the diversity and independence of the media and in shaping opinion in the country's democracy.

“A credible media is reflected in the quality of information they process for the consumption of the public and as a Government, we recognize our responsibility to be accessible to the media in order to bridge the information gap.

President Mills announced that he would in the course of the year begin a monthly radio broadcast to the nation as part of measures to enhance communication with the citizenry.

“In as much as we all value accountability of government and free expression, we expect the media to look at its own inadequacies and endeavour to reconnect with the mass of citizens by abiding by its own ethical code and the constitutional obligations enshrined in the 1992 Constitution,” he added.