THE RUMPUS OVER NACOB BOARD’S DISSOLUTION

FOLLOWING the arrest of Nayale Ametefeh in the United Kingdom, for trafficking 12.5 kilogrammes of cocaine to that country, the nation has been set on edge, with the opposition political party, the NPP, accusing the government of complicity in the deal.

The government, on the other hand, has accused the NPP of engaging in narcotics, also citing the arrest   in the United States of Eric Amoateng, former MP for Nkronza North, and his subsequent incarceration.

Both parties are therefore set on the path of equalisation. This has completely diverted attention from the main case which came before a UK court yesterday.

Significantly, another fallout from the saga has been the dissolution of the Board of the Narcotics Control Board, which is mandated to fight the drug trade in Ghana.

A section of the   public has disagreed with this action by government, arguing that the personnel should rather be held responsible, as the board only sets the broader strategic policy with which the NACOB operates.

This assertion is buttressed by the Chairman of the dissolved Board, Naval Captain Baffour Assassie-Gyimah (rtd), who intimates that the 17-member Board rather deserves commendation for the work it has been doing.

Much as we admit that the appointment and removal of officials is the prerogative of the President, we equally know how it feels to be hit with removals or dissolutions, as has happened to the Board of NACOB, especially so if, in the words of Naval Captain Assassie-Gyamah, it had done nothing untoward.

The removal of the Board members has generated an unusual argument between the board chair and some members of government, which the Times considers to be unhealthy.

The situation cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely. We do believe that the nation should rather, focus on the problems confronting us, and collectively seek solutions to them, instead of wasting precious time accusing each side of condoning the drug traffickers.

We are also advising the Chairman of the dissolved NACOB board, to hold his fire, while the relevant security agencies try to investigate the matter, and bring to book all culprits.

Ghana needs all hands on deck, in these crucial and trying times.   All must, therefore, assist and safeguard the peace and tranquility we are enjoying.

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