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15.05.2008 Regional News

Amansie West Assembly sets up Security Fund…To support local police fight crime

By Sebastian R. Freiku, Manso-Nkwanta - Ghanaian Chronicle
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THE AMANSIE West District Assembly has established a District Security Fund, to support the local police in providing maximum security, for life and property in the district.

The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Ben Kwakye Adeefe, said the Fund would provide a Nissan pick-up vehicle, and ten motorbikes for the police, to enable them embark on vigorous patrols across the district.

The security fund is a function of the Assembly's concern, for increased cases of armed robbery, following which a stakeholders' meeting was held at Manso Nkwanta and Antoakrom, in January and February, respectively this year.

Business entities, corporate organizations and individuals were expected to contribute to the Fund.

In June last year, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong, commended the Amansie West District Assembly, and the Manso Nkwanta Traditional Council, for their continued support to the Ghana Police Service, in the district.

The Assembly has constructed District Police headquarters, at the cost of GH¢35,000 million, and renovated the district police barracks at Manso Nkwanta, at GH¢24,000, while providing office furniture, at the cost of GH¢1,000.

According to DCE Adeefe, the Assembly was yet to construct new police stations at Manso Datano and Keniago, as well as renovate the District Police Commander's residence, at an estimated cost of GH¢160,000.

DCE Adeefe appealed to the IGP, to consider upgrading the status of the district headquarters, to that of a divisional one.

He also wanted more policemen posted to the district.

Nana Bi-Kusi Appiah II, Omanhene of Manso Nkwanta Traditional area, also appealed to the IGP, to provide a vehicle for the police, and provide additional personnel, to ensure adequate protection and security in the district.

Meanwhile, the Amansie West Rural Bank has donated GH¢1,000 towards the District Security Fund.

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