The Deputy General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Obiri Boahen, believes the only antidote to armed robbery cases in Ghana is through government’s flagship policy FREE SHS.
According to him, education goes a long way to imbibe in individuals values and skills that will drive them to use their time productively and not to engage in all kinds of social vices including armed robbery.
Obiri Boahen’s assertion comes on the back of recent activities of armed robbers in the country which has resulted in the killing of the MP for Mfantseman, Hon Ekow Quansah Hayford.
“With the free Senior High School, if implemented for at least about four or five years, and proceed to the implementation of Free Tertiary, in the next ten or fifteen years if we still have free SHS and Free Tertiary, armed robbery cases will reduce.
“In a research we conducted as a minister of state at the Interior Ministry at the Nsawam Prisons, people who were jailed for murder cases and high crime cases, most of them had low or no level of education
“It would be very difficult not to say it can’t happen; that a university product will attack someone with a knife to snatch a mobile phone. It doesn’t happen likely,” he said in an interview with Kumasi-based Nhyira FM.