By Inusa Musah .
The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has commenced the construction of concrete fence walls of all public schools in the area to provide security for the pupils and teachers.
When completed, the schools will have main gates that will be manned by security men to prevent drug addicts from accessing the premises for their criminal activities, which have the tendency of negatively influencing the good morals of pupils and students.
Drug addicts and other forms of unlawful activities are mostly carried out in public schools which have become thoroughfares.
During instructional hours, training sessions of some football teams disrupt teaching and learning, and considering all these disruptions, Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), as part of his ‘Tema Restoration Agenda’, is sinking much of the Assembly’s revenue to wall 18 public schools, which include Oninku Cluster of Schools, Community Eight Number 1, Community Seven Number 2, Community Nine Redemption and Adjetey Ansah.
Frank Asante, TMA Public Relations Officer, told Accra File that the construction of the walls is at various stages of completion.
Still on security, Mr Asante said the Assembly had purchased 3,000 LED bulbs to be fixed on non-functioning streetlights in the area.
Some stretches that have not seen streetlights functioning for years are the Harbour to Tema Motorway roundabout, and tema Development Corporation (TDC) to Tema Polyclinic.
Though he did not mention the cost of the items, Mr Asante said the procurement processes were duly followed.
He said 250 bulbs had been replaced by the Assembly’s Works Department in the first phase, at areas identified by the police as places where criminals operate in the dark.
He went on that installations were ongoing on streets around the Datus Complex School and other parts of Communities Seven and Eight, adding that the exercise would be extended to the central business area, where most workers board vehicles to work.
Frank Asante said the Assembly had informed the Tema Regional Police patrol team to monitor the activities of criminals who tamper with switch boxes and underground cables.
“Very soon, the Assembly will form a Restoration Surveillance Group to monitor the lights and other public properties in the Metropolis,” he concluded.