Simon Osei Mensah on Tuesday threw caution and decorum to the wind when he bluntly told traders in the Ashanti Region to travel abroad and trade in prohibited drugs such as cocaine if the country is “too hard for them”.
According to TV3, the regional minister said this provocative statement at an event to mark the World Environmental Day celebration in Kumasi.
Reports say traders ply their trade in the markets at various unauthorised spots in the metropolis despite several warnings from authorities.
He warned that his outfit would not allow traders irrespective of their tribal or political standing to flout the laws, adding that his office would continue to enforce law and order.
“We were not voted into office to allow party sycophants to abuse the bylaws. I will continue to respect our laws to the letter.
“We will not spare any New Patriotic Party member who will infringe [upon] the law and makes our job difficult in the metropolis,” he added.