By Dominic Adoboli
April 17, GNA - A new police station to serve mainly the Fodzoku, Torgorme and
Ogoli communities with an estimated population of about 10,000, has opened at
Fodzoku in the North Tongu District, Volta Region.
was used to call on residents not to be scared of the presence of the station,
but instead collaborate with the police personnel to offset crime upsurge in
station, including; an armoury, four offices, male and female cells, a charge
room, toilets and baths, was financed by the North Tongu District Assembly from
its Common Fund.
Collins Arku, District Chief Executive (DCE), commissioning the project, began
over a decade ago, said the station was relevant in building investor confidence
to attract development to the catchment area.
"This is a
national asset, not for crime control here only, but can help nab and detain
criminals escaping arrests elsewhere", he said.
Mr Arku noted
that the Kpong Leftbank Irrigation project for which the President, Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut sod for in the area last year, will boost economic
activities in the area, adding that the inauguration of the new police station
is just timely to control criminals that could be attracted there.
him, more police stations would be constructed in other towns in the area in
particular and the district as a whole.
Kamasah, Superintendent of Police in charge of Crime, Tongu Divisional Police
Command, also reiterated the importance of the station to secure the safety of
the people to go about their daily activities without any hindrance.
on the four core police functions, including; crime prevention aimed among
other things at stopping deviants from terrorising residents, detection of
crime, apprehension of criminals and their prosecution.
essence of police presence is to seek community welfare and interest of the
larger society and so you need to collaborate with us", Mr Kamasah
Asare III, Paramount Chief of Fodzoku Traditional Area, elated, said some members
stood against the station when his outfit mooted the idea about 25 years,
saying it was not relevant until the Assembly started the project about a
He said the
absence of police personnel in the area had led to increase in crime involving
for example theft of live electric cables, plunging some areas, including
precincts of the new police station into darkness.
advised personnel posted there, to exhibit professionalism to win the
confidence of the people for successful policing in the area.
Mr Pitias Klu,
Assembly Member of the area, noted that some members of the area have escaped
into their farms thereby refusing to witness the commissioning ceremony of the
facility, having been scared of the station and the personnel to be deployed
He assured the
community that the police would not be allowed to impugn on the rights of
residents because of their uniform, and the community would not also be allowed
to rise up against the police.
must do is to collaborate with the police, because we need them as they also
need us for our mutual security", he said.