Minister Tells Traders To Sell 'Cocaine' If They Can't Withstand Harsh Economy

Ghana's Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has asked petty traders in the Kumasi metropolis to venture into the sale of cocaine if they cannot withstand the economic hardship in the country.
He said traders who are using economic hardship as an excuse to sell at unauthorized places must rethink their decision because persons who break the law will face justice, reports Citinewsroom on Wednesday.
He said, “When we start enforcing the laws, people will be complaining of hardship. If there is hardship, then I will ask that you stop the business and go and sell cocaine for a living." Simon Osei Mensah who is worried about the level of indiscipline in the metropolis lamented that the attitude of some residents was affecting the city’s development.
The Minister is unhappy with the refusal of some petty traders to vacate the pavements and footbridges after they were asked to relocate to designated market places to continue with their trade. According to him, some traders have been defying orders by city authorities in the name of their affiliation to the ruling party.