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Regional News of Saturday, 4 May 2013

Source: GNA

Form neighbourhood watch committee to assist us – Police

Chief Superintendent Fleance Adika, Kaneshie District Police Commander, has called on residents of Bubuashie and surrounding areas, to form neighbourhood watch committees to help the Police fight crime in the area.

He said though burglary has been on the rise in the community, it was common knowledge that the criminals lived amongst them and, therefore; there was the need to provide information to the appropriate authorities to ensure their arrest.

Chief Supt Adikah gave this advice on Wednesday, when he addressed a durbar organised by the Assemblyman for Bubii Electoral Area, Mr David Abalo at Bubuashie in the Greater Accra Region.

The durbar on the theme: “Bubii yesterday, today and tomorrow – My Concern”, was for members of the community to air their concerns and suggest the way forward for the area.

The Police District Commander said the committee members would represent the eyes, noses and ears of the Police for effective and efficient security in the area.

Mr Abalo in his keynote address, said public toilets in Accra belonged to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and that any money pertaining to the management of such establishments is administered by them.

He appealed to people spreading vile rumours in the community that, he has been misusing fees collected from the toilet facilities in the area; to end their unfair habit, saying all the development projects he had undertaken in the area were funded from his sitting allowances from the Assembly.

He also appealed to the people of the area to assist him to have a permanent office in the area so that they can easily approach him with their problems.

On activities and projects that he undertook since he was elected two years ago, Mr Abalo said they included the provision of covered drains, roads, extension of electricity power; streetlights, vocational training in hairdressing, dressmaking and decoration.

Others are the organisation of eye screening exercises, registration of some of the electorate on the National Health Insurance Scheme, establishment of Community Health Committee, cleanup exercises, supporting the aged and street naming.

Mr Abalo said he brought on board International Needs–Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation, which is into educating parents and guardians on ways to safeguard the girl-child between the ages of 12 and 18, from going into prostitution.

He said he had supported 10 children in the community in education and skills training and that the NGO had agreed to support his initiative in giving free training to the electorate who are in need but interested in vocation and asked all to avail themselves to the opportunity.

Mr Abalo said, for his future plans, it was his intension to ensure that the area will soon possess a formidable football team, and the landlords and ladies association would also help in the development of the community.

The Assemblyman used the occasion to add his voice to the appeals made to doctors and para-medics who are still on strike to return to work whilst calling on the government to play its part by meeting the demands of the aggrieved workers.

Mr Kenneth Ampofo, a representative of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), said the organisation is not only to assist disaster victims but particularly interested in spreading the information on how to prevent calamities.

He appealed to the people to desist from sending their children during rains, urged them to desilt their choked drains, stop dumping refuse into gutters and prune trees in their houses to avert disasters.

Responding to some of the concerns raised by the people, Mr Julius Azumah, Okaikoi South Sub-Metro Director, asked people to report anybody they would find dumping refuse into the drains to the Assembly.

The function was chaired by Madam Mercy A. Nee Djan, President of the Greater Accra Markets Association and also a resident of the area.

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