National security arrests 6 people for illegal gold trade
National Security arrested six people in Kumasi for allegedly illegal gold trading.
National Security agents, who had the necessary authorizations, carried out the arrests. The suspects, who consisted of four Indians and two Ghanaians, will soon be brought to justice.
Currently, they have been sent to the National Security Headquarters in Accra for further questioning.
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah confirmed the arrest at a press conference in Kumasi yesterday but did not give further details.
Regarding the security situation in the country, the minister said that the government is doing everything possible to ensure the security of the country.
He said the government had shown good faith in re-equipping security agencies and recruiting more men and women to bolster state security.
Security issues, he said, are central to national development and will therefore be addressed urgently.
Mr. Nkrumah assured that the 6.3 billion GH ¢ requested by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, for the additional expenditure for fiscal year 2019, which had been approved by Parliament, would be used judiciously.
He said the money would, among other things, be used to bridge the infrastructure gap in the education and health sectors, boost the energy sector and boost security in the country.
Nkrumah said the government intends to successfully implement the revised budget to the letter, while continuing to deliver on its commitments to the people.
According to the minister, the government had to apply for additional funds due to the energy debt inherited from the previous administration.
He told reporters that one of the main concerns of the government led by Akufo-Addo was to ensure a stable power supply throughout the country at all times so as not to revisit the era of the power crisis known as of “dumsor”.
The minister said that the electricity crisis has had negative effects on the socio-economic growth of the country and that everything will be done to ensure that the nation does not revisit this dark time.
“We need to keep the lights on and ensure that productivity continues,” he added.
Acceptance or payment clauses
Mr. Nkrumah noted that the energy situation had been a little more problematic, particularly because of the Take-or-Pay clauses in the agreement signed by the previous administration.
However, he explained that the clause itself was not a bad thing if only the country had the marginal reserve of capacity installed.
“In two years, the government has paid around GH ¢ 5 million for electricity that we do not have,” he lamented.
This, he said, could have been used to serve other sectors of the economy, in particular to build more health centers and also provide adequate dormitories for the Free Senior High School program to help to abolish the two-track system.
Nonetheless, the minister noted that the government had recently completed a value-for-money foundation document, aimed at guiding contractual agreements into future commitments.