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21.11.2004 Regional News

IGP cautions police cadet corps

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Kadjebi, Nov. 21, - The Inspector General of Police, Nana Owusu Nsiah on Saturday cautioned members of Police Cadet Corps in Schools to resist holding themselves as regular Policemen and women.

"Being a Cadet does not clothe you with the powers of the Police," he stated, in a speech read for him at the inauguration of a 60-member Police Cadet Corps for the Kadjebi-Asato Secondary School (KASEC), in the Volta Region.

Nana Nsiah advised the cadets to use their training to protect the property of their schools, the nation and also serve as "eyes and ears" of the Police.

He counselled them to use their leadership role to help resolve grievances in their schools amicable, rather than resorting to unlawful demonstrations.

"You should be mentors and role models to your colleagues," he stated. Mr Kofi Ntim, Kadjebi District Chief Executive (DCE) urged the school authorities to devise ways to keep the interest of students in the Cadet Corps high, so that it did not become defunct as the Fire Service Corps formed in the same school in 2002.

He regretted the lateness of the Corps for the parade, saying that any organisation allied to the Police Service should emulate its discipline. Mr Ntim, however, commended the Corps for their drill skills and announced a full scholarship for Master William Kissieh, Parade Commander.

Mr Musah Yamba Issahaku, Headmaster, commended Alhaji Rashid Bawa, Minister of State, Education, Youth and Sports for facilitating the formation of the Corps, which he said, would raise the standard of discipline in the school.

He recalled that the Minister, who is also Member Parliament (MP) for the area, had at other times helped the school in its programmes to raise academic performance and sports.

Mr David Eklu, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Public Relations Secretariat of the Police Service said the KASEC Corps brings to eight, Police Cadet Corps inaugurated or in the process of being inaugurated nationwide.

As part of the programme, 12 students that excelled in their promotions exams were given book prizes. Mr Michael Amemo, Assistant Headmaster-Academic Affairs, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the scheme was instituted to infuse competitiveness in academic work and discipline in the school.

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