By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Residents of Haatso ECOMOG in the Ga East municipality have built and handed over a Police Post to the Ghana Police Service. At the handover ceremony, the Regional Police Command called for greater collaboration between the police and the public to enhance security in the communities.
The Police Post, estimated at GH₵50,000.00, was built by the North Haatso Residents’ Association through levies from members, benevolent individuals and organizations with support from the Assembly.
The chairman of the Association, Mr Moses Kwao Tetteh, acknowledged the effort of his members which had culminated in the successful construction of the security facility. He appealed to other residents to join them in advancing the development of the area.
He thanked the Municipal Assembly and the Assembly Member for the area for their continued support and commitment towards the development of the community.
Delivering a report, the Association’s vice chairman, Mr Pius Kweku Addae, enumerated a number of projects they had embarked upon since its establishment on 15th October, 1995 such as the extension of potable water from Haatso to ECOMOG, extension of electricity from Dar el Salam to parts of ECOMOG as well as the purchase of land and building of an Assembly Hall for the Association.
Mr Addae indicated that the idea of building the Police Post came up in 2006 after a series of robbery attacks on residents within the community.
The vice chairman said raising funds to construct the facility was a major challenge but they persevered to see it happen. He therefore appealed to all within and outside the community to for support to settle any debt incurred.
The Deputy Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr Timothy Yoosa Bonga, delivering the keynote address noted that it has come to time that the relationship and collaboration between the police and public deepened to enhance security and maintenance of law and order.
“It is important to note that crime fighting in contemporary times has widened to incorporate the efforts and contribution of individuals, corporate organizations, institutions and the community as a whole”, the Deputy Accra Police Commander emphasized.
He appealed to communities to form neighbourhood watchdogs which according to him “has proven to be very effective in crime fighting” to support the efforts of the Police Service in combating crime.
ACP Bonga again appealed other communities to emulate the gesture by the North Haatso Residents’ Association and thanked them for their commitment towards the provision of security in the area.
He assured the residents of their determination to go at “all legitimate length to protect lives and properties and maintain law and order” and further charged the personnel posted to the facility to demonstrate professionalism in their duty and maintain cordiality with the residents and serve them in the best possible ways.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ga East Municipal Assembly, Hon. John Kwao Sackey, in a speech read on his behalf by the Municipal Budget Office. Mr Noah Tali commended the Association for supporting development in the community.
The MCE said the government and the Assembly would continue to collaborate with the public to bring the needed development to the people.
“Such gestures do not imply the government or the Assembly is ineffective or is shirking its responsibility of bringing development to you. Indeed, the government is duty-bound to develop our communities but we are more likely to develop faster if we all show interest and help in any way we can”, Hon. Kwao Sackey stressed.
He appealed to the residents to cooperate with the personnel posted to the facility for effective and efficient provision of security.
“I implore you not to see the provision of this facility as an end to your security concerns rather a means to ending it. Make the officers your family and friends and cooperate in the best possible way you can; volunteer relevant information on security threats to ensure that they make headway in the discharge of their duty”, the MCE encouraged the residents.
The Member of Parliament for the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo expressed gratitude to the Police for their effort in maintaining law and order in the municipality.
She indicated her resolve to support their course and commended the Kwabenya District Police Commander, Superintendent Mrs Victoria Yamoah for her hard-work and dedication towards the peace and security of the municipality.
She pledged Two Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵2,000.00) in support of the Association’s development agenda and additionally provide suitable furniture for the facility.
The Chief of Haatso, Nii Amarh Sogbla IV, also pledged to donate 20 pieces of plastic chairs for the Post.
The Chairman for the function, Mr Boateng Mensah, chairman of the board of Directors of Unique Academy, was grateful to the Association for the role they are playing in the development of the area and advised the residents to collectively and actively support them.
He appealed to the Police administration to develop modern and innovative means to combat crime as he observed that young people who perpetrated crime in this era have become highly sophisticated in their approach.