Kotobabi Police Gets New Office…As Tobinco Houses Them
A GH¢60,000 office complex put up by Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Company Limited has been commissioned.
The office is to house the Kotobabi District Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), which had been operating in a container for some years now.
The ultra-modern and fully furnished air-conditioned edifice comprises a reception, three rooms including an archives room, two washrooms and a balcony.
Commissioning the project, the Inspector General of Police, Paul Tawiah Quaye, indicated that for several decades, the Police Service had been facing serious accommodation challenges. He noted, “We used the least opportunity we had to draw the public’s attention to this peculiar problem and equally appealed for assistance from government, corporate bodies and individuals.”
The IGP maintained that as the nation’s population increased; the various communities became disoriented, giving rise to an upsurge in criminal activities. He averred that ideally, there should have been a reciprocal growth in the number of police stations and the upgrade of the existing police outfits to correspond with the growth status of the communities.
“This major drawback to increasing the strength of the police is the lack of decent accommodation and other facilities to cater for such growth,” he lamented.
Mr. Quaye reiterated that the police stations were security zones where adequate provisions were put in place to protect both state and private property entrusted in the police.
“Make shift structures are therefore not the best considering the security ramification in cases of suspected criminals in custody and the safety of vital documents, weapons and exhibits,” he revealed.
Touching on the security situation in the country, the IGP stated that the challenges of this year were in three-fold. He said apart from the Christmas and the New Year festivities, there were also the district assembly elections.
Mr. Quaye stressed that this magnificent building portrayed the determination of some individuals and institutions in the country to support the police service to protect lives and property.
“This is very encouraging and re-assuring and we shall use it to enhance our performance,” he said.
He urged the district and divisional commanders to maintain the edifice and to make sure that its fixtures and fittings remained in good shape at all times. He also expressed appreciation to Samuel Amo Tobin, whose sense of patriotism and faith in the service had encouraged him to construct the building and donate it to the police.
In a short remark by the Director of Tobinco Pharmaceutical Company, Mr. Tobin indicated that formally, the district MTTU operated from a container, which limited their efficiency.
“Tobinco Pharmaceutical Limited would have provided a much larger structure for the police but were constrained by land size, since that was the available land provided by the authorities,” he added.
He promised to continue to support the police service.
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Today: Jun 20, 2013