The Sunyani West District Assembly of the Brong Ahafo Region, has hinted of plans to permanently place a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in some towns in the district following the excessive intake of alcohol by underage persons below 18 years.
According to authorities, the move is part of measures to protect youth of the area from graduating into drunkards and engage in various criminal acts considering how they abuse alcohol in the area especially at weekends and on occasions.
It has been observed that the situation is alarming at Odumase , the district capital with operators flouting Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) regulations and selling alcohol to minors; a development the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Martin Obeng, said is unlawful.
During courtesy calls on some traditional rulers in the area, he appealed for support to fight this negative canker that has caught up well with residents indicating that alcoholism, sexual promiscuity and drug abuse among boys and girls in the town, were among several factors affecting the image of the area
“We are going to enact and enforce bye laws so that offenders would be punished to serve as deterrent to others”, he said
Nana Yaw Boakye, the Atipimhene of Awuah-Dumase, urged the DCE to welcome views from the assembly members and traditional rulers to facilitate development in the district.
He appealed to the assembly to continue and complete suspended projects in the districts for the betterment of the people.