NADMO, police committees must be incorruptible — Nii Ashitey

THE Greater Accra regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashitey has advised members of the Regional National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and police committees to be incorruptible, transparent and fair in the discharge of their duties.

Nii Ashitey gave the advice at the inauguration of the two committees in Accra.

He said the security challenges confronting the region required a high sense of commitment, dedication and professionalism.

Article 204 (1) of the 1992 Constitution mandates the formation of Regional Police Committee made of experts from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, the district assemblies the Ghana Bar Association, the Atorney-General’s Department and the Regional House of Chiefs, to bring experiences and expert advice to ensure that peace and security prevail in the region.

The Regional NADMO Committee on the other hand was established by Act 517 of 1996 and is expected to offer recommendations on how to control the perennial floods and fire disasters in the region.

A High Court Judge, Mr Justice Kwasi Dapaa, led members of the two committees to swear the oath of office and secrecy.

Mr Ashitey, who chairs the two committees, said the prerequisite for societal progress was the prevalence of peace.

He added that apart from working hard to promote peace, it was in the interest of the country for the stakeholders to ensure that the region and ultimately Ghana became a safe haven for and a destination for local and foreign investments.

“It is, therefore, imperative that the citizens move freely and work happily without hindrance,” he stated.

The regional minister said it was also necessary to put preventive as well as precautionary measures in place to prevent the re-occurrence of some man-made disasters.

He urged members of the police committee to collaborate with other stakeholders in the security sector to get credible information to perform their duties effectively.

He, however, cautioned them against revealing the identity of informants.
Nii Ashitey called for the revival and strengthening of the community watch committees to complement the roles of the security agencies.
He commended the efforts of the security agencies in ensuring that peace and security prevailed in the region.

Nii Ashitey said “the government is not relenting on its efforts to provide residential and office accommodation, communication gadgets, office equipment, transport and capacity building for the security agencies to make them more vibrant and effective.”

The Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Rose Bio-Atinga, who is a member of the two committees, pledged the commitment of the members to ensure that residents moved safely without fear.

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