Parliament urged to enact law regulating sale of acid

Mr. Edward Doe Adjaho,Speaker of Parliament A human rightS lawyer has urged Ghana’s Parliament to pass a law to regulate the sale of acid in the country.

Mr. Edmond Amartey Foley, who is also a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), told Adom News on Thursday, that many lives and property would be protected if such a law was passed.

According to him, the rate at which people were abusing the use of the dangerous chemical [acid] needed critical attention by the government.

“People are abusing the use of the substance and proper laws must be in place to regulate the sale and use of the chemical”, Mr Amartey stated.

There have been gruesome acid attacks on people recently.

On Thursday, a 16-year-old boy sustained severe acid burns after a tenant poured a corrosive substance on him over a misunderstanding with his dad at Kwashieman, a suburb of Accra.

On the same day, 20-year-old Richard Agbati suffered a similar attack at Kwahu Kotoso for unknown reasons.

Many others have suffered acid attacks in the past.

Mr. Foley believed that since the commodity in recent times “has become a dangerous chemical substance rather than a useful substance, parliament must consider passing a law to regulate its usage.”

On the same platform, the Director in charge of Prosecutions at the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Superintendent Francis Baah also said parliament must have a detailed discussion and agree on passing a law to regulate the deadly commodity.

He added that the various stakeholders in formulating laws in the country must come on board to initiate such moves in the interest of the citizenry.

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