The Executive Director of Life of Alcohol and Drugs Ghana, (LOAD-Ghana), an NGO, Roger Atambire Abaa has called for stringent measures to regulate the brewing of alcoholic beverages and the establishment of drinking bars in the country.
Mr. Abaa said the rate at which alcoholic beverage brewers and drinking bars are springing up in the country is alarming and worrisome as some are cited close to schools.
Mr. Abaa, who made the call in Bolgatanga, said due to the nearness of spots to schools, pupils and students sometimes abandon lessons to go and drink and this affects their academic work.
He urged the various metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to introduce measures to regulate the increasing number of bars, with emphasis on those near schools.
Citing the Upper East Region, Mr. Abaa said many schools in the region including the Bolgatanga Senior High, Zamse Senior High Technical, Bolgatanga Girls Senior High and many Junior High Schools had drinking spots situated close to them.