By: Naa Betty Mingle & Erica Kwapong
The Accra File has noticed recently that the traffic situation, which is always chaotic during festive seasons, is under control this time, as the police have taken control of the situation.
Police personnel have been deployed at points of heavy traffic, enabling vehicles to move about freely.
According to the Director-General of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP Mr. John Kudalor, the Ghana Police Service would do its best to increase the number of police personnel on the roads to manage the traffic situation this festive season.
He revealed that the Police Service has initiated a ‘Operation Father Christmas’ programme, which would ensure that road accidents are reduced, ensure the free flow of traffic, and also assure Ghanaians that the police is going to do everything it takes to create a memorable Christmas for the general populace.
He said police personnel have been drawn from various divisions to augment the strength of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), adding, “This can be achieved by deploying them throughout the country, to manage both human and vehicular traffic.”
Mr. Kudalor noted that adequate personnel had also been deployed to some streets and areas within Accra and other regional capitals to beef up day and night security.
Such places where security will be beefed up include the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Adabraka, Kwame Nkrumah circle to Paloma, Kwame Nkrumah Circle to the Neoplan Station, Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Avenor, and Labone Selsbridge.
He further stated that the police administration had put in place a monitoring mechanism to check all police officers deployed for duties.
He said the Police Administration aims to ensure total commitment, and would employ constitutionally approved and internationally accepted democratic principles, standards and practices in the delivery of services to all stakeholders at work.
He therefore, gave the assurance that during this Christmas season, the police would intensify both foot and mobile patrols nationwide. Adding that the highway patrols would ensure crime is reduced to the minimum.
He said new vehicles had been given to the Highway Patrol Unit to enable it cope with the present challenges on the highways, adding, “This will also serve as the first point of contact to travelers in distress.”