THE NARCOTICS Control Board (NACOB) has expressed grave concern about the rate at which marijuana is being cultivated in the Brong-Ahafo Region, posing a threat to the youth in the region.
According to the NACOB, Brong-Ahafo has gained notoriety by becoming the second leading producer of marijuana (wee) in Ghana trailing the Volta Region which is the number one producer of illicit drugs in the country.
This was disclosed by the Regional Commander of NACOB, Deputy Narcotics Analyst (DNA) Ernest Owusu Sarpong, during the 2015 International Day Against Illicit Drugs Use and Trafficking (World Drugs Day) celebrations on Friday.
The event held at the Sunyani Senior High School (SUSEC) was attended by students from Twene Amanfo SHS, St James Seminary SHS, Notre Dame Girls SHS and the Bechem Presbyterian SHS. It was under the theme, ‘Let’s Develop Our Lives, Our Communities, Our Identities Without Drugs.’
‘The Brong Ahafo Region is one of the beautiful regions well-endowed with natural and human resources. Yet the region is arguably one of the leading producers of marijuana (wee) in Ghana in terms of cultivation.
‘Many areas such as Nsawkaw, Seikwa, Techiman, and Wenchi just to name a few are well known territories for large scale marijuana cultivation,’ he disclosed.
Mr. Sarpong later disclosed to DAILY GUIDE that NACOB is working hand-in-hand with the security agencies and local people to clamp down on the activities of marijuana producers in the region.
He however appealed to the local authorities including district assemblies, traditional leaders, students’ leadership and civil society organisations to take active roles in creating the awareness against drugs to complement the effort of NACOB.
The NACOB boss noted that the drug menace has increasingly become a worrying concern to international and regional bodies and national governments because of its heightening threat to national security.
Mr. Sarpong noted that many young people particularly, students are vulnerable to drug abuse and drug related activities as statistics obtained from the Sunyani Central Prison showed that from 2005 to 2015, 35 young men between 18 and 35 years were convicted for various drug offences.
The headmistress of SUSEC, Georgina Boakye noted with concern how illicit drugs are finding their way into school campuses.
She called for a collaborative effort in fighting the menace, saying ‘there can be no hope for a nation whose citizens are addicted to drugs.’
Various speakers outlined the dangers involved in drugs use and advised the students to stay away from them to save their future.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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