We’re dealing with kidnap cases – President assures
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday broke his silence on recent cases of kidnapping in the country and gave an assurance that tough decisions were being taken by the government to deal decisively with the matter.
He stated that unlike Nigeria, Ghana had not known such unfortunate phenomenon of kidnapping, adding that “we need to do something about it so that it does not become a feature of our society and that the government was determined to resolutely contain the issue.
President Akufo-Addo declared the resolve of the government to address the situation when a delegation of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition called on him at the Jubilee House yesterday.
“Decisions are being taken as we speak that will be a clear manifestation of the determination I have to deal with this matter,” he declared.
The President stated that the trend of vigilantism was of great concern to Ghanaians and the government, especially in view of the greater devastating dimension of the phenomenon in other parts of Africa.
He urged all to support the bill on vigitalism that the Executive had presented to Parliament to deal decisively with the problem.
President Akufo-Addo urged all interested parties and individuals to make the law a better one through submissions of their views to support the parliamentary process, adding that with a good law, coupled with firm and consistent implementation, Ghana would make a headway.
Touching on calls by the CSOs for the publication of the Emile Short Commission Report and recommendations, the President explained that the Constitution prescribed how such reports should be treated, including timelines and that he was studying it and would react appropriately.
He said the law was clear as to how a report of such nature should be dealt with, to be published or not to be published, including issuance of White Paper after such documents had been studied.