Lawlessness bad for business – PEF

The Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) of Ghana has urged government to deal swiftly with the lawlessness that has reared its head in some parts of the country in recent weeks.

PEF CEO Nana Osei Bonsu said he was very worried about recent incidents of thuggery, adding that it does not create a good environment for investors.

“I’m concerned about the general lawlessness in our society which, for me, the president has to look deeply into and address it for the benefit of all of us,” he told Moro Awudu on Class FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Wednesday, April 19.

It will be recalled that vigilante groups affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have gone on rampage in past weeks seizing state installations and recently hounded the Security Coordinator for the Ashanti Region.

The Delta Force vigilante group further broke into a Kumasi Circuit Court to free some of its members who had been remanded for their involvement in the attack on the Regional Security Coordinator.

The culprits have been arraigned and the case is ongoing.

However, Mr Bonsu pointed out that investors were interested in protection of their assets and transacting business in a peaceful, market-oriented economy.

“We have it going at least for the time being but these things can metamorphose into something different if you don’t address them. The next thing you know they are invading somebody’s house to take their property. They invade a business house, banking and all that and we don’t want to see that. It is the beginning, let’s nip it in the bud, prosecute whoever is involved and get it over with,” he urged government.

He emphasised that “for every business or citizen, security is very key” but “so far it is on the social side and has not affected any business”.



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