ACP Awuni Angwubutoge takes over command of the Motor Transport and Traffic Unit of the Ghana Police Service, an alteration to his earlier transfer to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters from his Northern Region base where he was regional commander.
For the past few months, this critical unit of the Ghana Police Service witnessed leadership instability, with commanders appearing to be changed randomly.
Chief Superintendent Sirajo, when he was moved to the place to take over from DCOP Avorga, stayed there for a brief period until he was moved again to another unit.
Mr. Avorga, who was due for retirement, had his tenure extended via a contract arrangement with the Police Administration. He stayed on for a while as ACP Torkor was transferred to the place, prompting many to ask whether the unit was jinxed.
Now, DCOP Avorga, a contract superior officer, is finally bidding farewell to the unit he appeared to love so much for the Legal Directorate, paving the way for ACP Awuni to take over formally.
Mr. Awuni takes over without the internal challenges which beset the other officers who stayed there briefly, only to be moved again amidst controversies.
Awuni's experience, having had his baptism of fire in both Nima and the Northern Region, primes him to weather the peculiar challenges of managing undisciplined commercial drivers on the nation's roads, especially Accra.
In Nima, he perfected the neighbourhood watchdog concept to the admiration of his bosses and peace-loving residents of the sprawling Accra suburb.
In the Northern Region, his tenure witnessed a tumultuous bye-election and troubles in the Bunkpurgu parts of the vast region, challenges he withstood with excellence.
The fugitive Burger, the man who killed two policemen recently, was arrested under Awuni's watch before his latest murderous escapade.
It is expected that he would bring a new lease of life to motor traffic operations in the country as he heads the national MTTU. At a time when accidents have risen and indiscipline on the roads has witnessed an all-time high, Mr. Awuni, a trained journalist, is expected to make his mark with a ready assurance from his media colleagues to help him in his efforts to curb the menace.
This morning, the handing-over ceremony takes place at the forecourt of the N/MTTU premises, Tudu, Accra.
By A.R. Gomda