…For drop in crime at Bole-Bamboi
Hon. Sulemana Yussif, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bole-Bamboi Constituency in the Northern Region, has lauded the Ghana Police Service, as well as the judiciary, over the substantial reduction of the crime rate in the constituency.
According to him, the crackdown on hoodlums by police and speedy trials at the District Magistrate Court had restored sanity in the constituency, which had helped residents go about their normal daily activities without fear of criminal attacks.
Hon. Yussif made this revelation while interacting with The Republic at parliament in Accra yesterday.
He told the paper that, the District Police Command has introduced 24-hour patrol to tackle criminal activities in the area, while those who are arrested and charged with various offences have also received expeditious trial, making the area dangerous zone for criminals that used to have a field day.
“For about two years now, there is no much report of armed robbery, people being attacked at their farms and ladies’ bags snatching which hitherto was a daily occurrence. Our wives were threatened by these miscreants on daily basis but thanks to the police, the introduction of the 24-hour patrol seems to be paying off. The magistrate has also done well and sits in court on daily basis and it is helping a lot, I am so grateful to the police and the magistrate,” Hon. Yussif said.
He told the paper that there has been renewed vigour by the police to take on criminals in the district, noting, “It’s a positive attitude and they should continue.”
“Few years back, Bole and its communities used to have daily attacks, but now the commander and his men are doing fantabulous job,” he added.
The MP, however, advised the police to intensify their residents’ sensitization programmes and also provide vital telephone numbers. including those of divisional police officers, so that residents could notify them in case of security emergencies for prompt response.
He told the paper that the patrols would help fight criminals who have turned schools and other public buildings into Indian hemp joints and planning ground for their criminality.
“I strongly suggest that the command deploy security personnel to all public buildings, especially school buildings in the district,” he said.
While promising to support the police with some logistics to increase their availability and visibility, the Bole Bamboi lawmaker also advised his constituents to volunteer information to the police on crime as fight against criminality remained a collective responsibility.
Touching on some developmental issues in his constituency, he said he used the parliamentary recess to visit some of his constituents and also participated in community festivals where he made some donations towards development.
He said, during the Jama-Bamboi festival, he donated 30 bags of cement, three packs of roofing sheets and some cash as part of his contribution to a community library, adding that, in the same community, he also presented some laptops to the chiefs, provided new streets lights and also repaired old ones, all in fulfillment of his campaign promise to the people.
During the recess, Hon. Yussif noted, he inspected ongoing works of irrigation dam projects at the Mandare and Kiape communities, initiated by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, to hook the residents, especially the youth, onto viable irrigation farming to reduce poverty and improve economic development.
The irrigation dams, he said, would help the youth to engage in all year round farming, especially in vegetables and fish farming, stating that the Kiape Dam, which is being funded by Exim Bank, would employ thousand of youth in the area.
He promised to use his MPs Common fund for scholarship for students, stating that, over 50 brilliant but needy students in the constituency in various levels of education are already benefiting from financial assistance, ranging between GHC500 and GHC3,000, which he admitted though is very small could help to reduce some burdens.
Hon. Yussif, who is a member of Trade, Industry and Tourism Sub Committee of parliament, revealed that, he had also engaged the women groups in the constituency with basic business skill training free of charge, while effort was being made to secure some soft loans package to improve their rural enterprise business.
He said, what is most disturbing and worrisome is the continued devastating activity of the fall armyworms which has destroyed acres of farms lands, making affected farmers run into debts.
He further pointed out that, “the smuggling of fertilizers by some New Patriotic Party (NPP) members, as well as some agriculture officers, is affecting farm production,” and expressed fear of food shortage in some communities.
The Bole Bamboi legislator therefore called on the government to heed the voice of farmers, especially those affected by the fall armyworms and support them so they could survive to the next farming season.
He reiterated the need for the residents to volunteer vital information about movement of criminals who smuggle fertilizers mean for farmers to enable the police to come out with more security measures to intercept their smuggling operations.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba