By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
The Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, has showered praise on residents in various parts of the region for their efforts in enhancing security in their communities.
The Regional Commander said this in a statement at the commissioning and handover ceremony for the Akporman-Manna Police Post at Ashongman a suburb of Accra in the Ga East municipality.
The Ashongman community and its environs are not exempted from the robbery and other criminal activities reported in various parts of the region. And to ensure that their safety is assured, the North Legon Valley Residents’ Association mobilized to procure a portion of a structure belonging to the Head of the Manna Mission International, Rev. Dr. Seth Ablorh, to use as a Police Post.
The efforts of the Association have not only been towards enhancing security but the general development in the area. For instance, it spent about GH₵30,000.00 to reshape roads within the community, especially, the Ashongman-Akporman road as well as the extension of water and electricity into various parts of the community.
The construction of the Police Post, therefore, came as a huge relief to residents as they continued to grapple with robbery and other criminal activities in the area.
Addressing the gathering, the chairman of the North Legon Valley Residents’ Association, Mr. David Nyoagbe, said as committed citizens of this nation who value the importance of the provision of adequate security, it was incumbent upon them to do something about their state of security.
He indicated that the recent spate of criminal activities in the area was alarming therefore making security a topmost priority for the Association.
“Security of individuals, either at home or at the workplace, is a vital ingredient for the smooth running of affairs of the person, hence, the Association’s effort in carrying out this initiative”, the chairman stated.
Mr. Nyoagbe commended the efforts of some the members of the Association; the resident Pastor of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Rev. Emmanuel Duah Mensah and Rev. Dr. Seth Ablorh of Manna Mission International for their foresight and support which saw the construction of the Police Post.
According to the chairman, the ICGC constructed the road leading into the community and also provided streetlights while the Manna Mission International provided part of its building for the Post. He therefore called on other residents, new and old, to join the Association in their efforts to build a better community for all.
He seized the opportunity to appeal to the government and the Municipal Assembly to “help improve our road network. As you can all see, the road from the junction to this place is not in a good shape”, Mr. Nyoagbe added.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Ga East Municipal Assembly, Hon. John Kwao Sackey, who was represented by the Deputy Coordinating Director, Mr. Felix Ameyaw, thanked the Association for the gesture. He expressed delight about the commitment of the residents to put up such facility to support the Assembly and government’s efforts at providing adequate security for the people.
“What we see here today is a clear manifestation that what this community sees as even a Police Post is different from what others see”, the MCE noted.
He promised to honour the Assembly’s commitment to procure motorbikes for the Police in the municipality and commended the effort of the Member of Parliament for the Dome-Kwabenya constituency for donating same to the District Police Command.
The MCE also said there was a programme in place to reshape bad roads and construct drainages throughout the municipality and promised that the community will not be left out.
The Deputy Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Timothy Youssah Bonga, delivering a speech on behalf of the Regional Commander said he was pleased with the collaboration between the Police and the people to combat crime in the society.
“I am indeed glad that the call for crime fighting being a shared responsibility between the Police and the public has not only been understood and embraced by the general public but are also willing to commit their resources substantially towards it”, he noted.
ACP Bonga expressed profound delight about the gesture by the Residents’ Association and called on others to emulate such initiative which “boost our morale and enhance service delivery in diverse ways”.
He told the personnel posted to the facility that the people expect them to deliver and that they serve to meet their expectation but not to become a lord over them.
“You are not brought here to lord over the people. You are brought here to serve. You are not a lord over the people but a servant to the people. I encourage you to see all the people here as your family now and be prepared to go the extra mile to render service to them”, he advised the personnel.”
ACP Bonga commended the Residents’ Association for the vision to put up such structure for the Police to facilitate the discharge of their duty to residents. He said even though they had invested a lot they still needed to cooperate with the officers and assist them further in any form to enhance service delivery.
“Putting up the Post is not the end of your relationship with the Police, we need your support; volunteering information and assisting them with the little logistics they will need to carry out their duty”, the Deputy Commander encouraged the residents.
He pleaded with the Assembly to fulfill their promise of procuring motorbikes for the Police in the municipality to enhance their service delivery.
Among the high ranking officers who graced the function were the Madina and Adentan Divisional Commanders; Chief Superintendent Natogmah Aggrey Yakubu and Superintendent Felix Apedo respectively, as well as the Deputy Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Effia Tenge.