The Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery on Friday, May 31, 2019 commissioned a new Police Headquarters and Police Station for the Asante Akim North District, Agogo.
The building which has been constructed as part of efforts to improve security in the area would house the Divisional Headquarters, District Headquarters and a Police station.
Hon. Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior noted, during the commissioning, that the new edifice was indicative of the development, collaboration could bring.
He alluded, there was the need for more infrastructure and logistical support for the Police to ensure effective policing.
“Security as a whole is not the preserve of government nor one person. It is a collective responsibility. As citizens we have the responsibility to contribute our quota in making our communities safe.” said Mr. Ambrose Dery.
To this end, he reaffirmed President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to empowering the Police with the requisite tools and training to deliver on its mandate.
” H.E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo is committed to ensuring that Ghana is safe and every person living within feels safe. Government is committed to empowering the Police and last year made provision for an extra budgetary allocation of 800 million Ghana Cedis to the Ghana Police Service to meet their operational and logistical needs.”
The Minister revealed that plans were underway to equip the police with nonlethal techniques and weapons so as to be able to handle certain situations.
He further indicated that, more ICT and modern techniques and equipment would be deployed in the fight against crime which was becoming more sophisticated now.
“H.E the President is not only making a change but sustainable change that would impact positively” he said.
On the issue of policing, Mr. Dery implored the public to support the Police with relevant information to ensure a safer community.
“There is the need to collectively support the Ghana Police Service to deliver on its mandate of ensuring the maintenance of law and order in the District” He. said.
He used the occasion to caution the youth to desist from attacking personnel and police stations when aggrieved but rather use the appropriate and acceptable processes in solving any grievances with the police.
The Minister in his concluding statement appealed to the citizenry to be more vigilant with their own security especially in the wake of happenings within neighboring countries as government does its part of ensuring safe and secured community and persons.
Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi, MP for Asante Akim North and Dep. Minister for Railway Development, on his part expressed appreciation to the government and in particular to the Interior Minister for his effort in the fight against the menace of cattle herdsmen in the area.
He appealed to the Minister to deploy more personnel and logistics to the district to ensure security is maintained.
Dep. IGP, COP Oppong-Boanuh,
admonished Personnel to eschew acts of bribery and corruption but rather exhibit the right approach as well as adopt effective community policing approach so as to earn the confidence and respect of the people.
COP Oppong-Boanuh also called for corporation from the community and advised personnel to protect the identity of informants to ensure effective and efficient policing.
The vision to construct the police station was led by the late brother, Hon. Kwadwo Baah Wiedu, the Agogo Traditional Council led by Nana Akuoko Sarpong, the Agogo Manmmakuo led by Mr. Anyen Kusi and the good people of the area.
Source: Public Affairs & Communication Unit|Asante Akim Agogo|31-05-2019