The people of Shama and its environs have benefitted from a GH¢1.8million new District Police Complex to improve security in the Western Region.
The project was initiated and funded by the Chief Executive Officer of Lower Pra Rural Bank PLC, Isaac Kwamina Afful, an indigene of Abontam Ekisi Ebusua in the Shama District.
At an impressive handing over of the police complex, Mr. Afful explained that the increasing number of people in the district raised concern on the need for modern police building to create a conducive environment for policing.
“Police officers need and deserve good working conditions, and this includes an edifice to enable them perform their duties effectively and efficiently for the good of individuals and businesses,” he said.
Mr. Afful, who is also Gyantuahehe of Shama known ceremonially as Nana Kwamina Dekyi I, added that the security of Shama District is paramount and it is not the sole responsibility of government.
“To ensure our personal safety, we cannot remain spectators all the time and expect prudential policing within the district.”
DCOP, Victor Adusah-Poku, Western Regional Police Commander, noted that the district has now become an industrial hub, housing a lot of companies.
The facility, he said, is timely and will improve security as the the Police Service is coming out with a new strategy to fight crime.
Also, he mentioned that there is a progrmme ongoing to re-train the police to address issues concerning temperament and the way they act to emergency situation.
He urged the police to exhibit good conduct and professionalism at all times in their line of duty, and cautioned the District Command to take good care of the facility.
Western Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah pointed out that Shama is a growing district with great potentials, and therefore, likely to be faced with security challenges.
He expressed appreciation to Nana Kwamina Dekyi I and the people of Shama for complementing government efforts by providing this magnificent edifice to be used as a District Police Station.
“I will urge us all to own it, to safeguard it with proper care, and be committed to its maintenance. I am hopeful that with the collaboration and support of all stakeholders, this Police Station will live to serve its intended purpose for the benefit of all,” he said.
Acting President of the Shama Traditional Council, Nana Awia, called for a Police School to be cited in the district, and urged the chiefs in the area to release land if such request is approved.
Again, he requested for a police quarters to accommodate the police to make their work easier; he also called on the regional minister to lobby for good roads in the district.