By Inusa Musah
Samuel Bamidele Ojo, Youth Affairs Secretary for the Ghana United Nations Association (GUNA), has doffed his hat to the Ghana Police Service (GPS) for tackling the armed robbery menace.
The first three months of 2018 stretched the capacity of the Police Service, with frequent deadly reports of armed robberies, a situation that brought the institution into a bad light.
In the light of this, the citizenry lashed the Service for not being reactive.
However, GUNA observed that strategic operations the Service, subsequently, put in place have brought sanity and security for businessmen and women to operate.
Additionally, GUNA said the President’s forming of a police-military co-operation, ‘Operation Calm Lives’, has largely sent the criminals into hibernation.
Samuel Ojo implored the citizenry, especially financially-resourced organisations and individuals, to assist the government in equipping the police to regularly provide proactive policing for a secure business environment.
He, therefore, commended China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), in charge of the Tema Harbour expansion project, for providing building materials for the landscaping of the premises of the Tema Regional Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD).
Jack Lu, one of the managers, and CHEC accompanied the trucks to donate the items, which have been used to prevent mud and mess on the premises anytime it rains.
The landscaping, in addition to some 20 plastic chairs, another citizen provided to the Tema MTTD to furnish its refurbished CID office cum conference center, Superintendent Owusu-Bempah, the Tema Regional MTTD Commander said would help improve on its operations.
Anybody who visits the Tema MTTD, he said, would now have a more convenient parking place for their vehicles, in addition to the CID personnel having a better and more conducive room to carry out their duties.
“This is the way companies and individuals can be assisting the police to feel comfortable when they are risking their lives to protect us,” Samuel Bamidele Ojo explained.
Policing, he reminded the citizenry, is a shared responsibility, and so the need for the citizenry to assist the Service to provide everybody with the needed security, by providing information on criminals for proactive actions.