Hon Andrew Dari Chiwity, MP
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Sawla/Tuna/Kalba Constituency in the Northern Region, Hon Andrew Dari Chiwity, has dragged the Minister for Interior to parliament over sporadic armed robberies in the Constituency in recent times.
According to the MP, there was not a week if not a day pass without reports of robbery attack on residents who are either returning home from work or in their farms on the Sawla-Damongo and Sawla-Wa Highways.
He said, the number of robberies in the constituency for the last three months is becoming a threat to the livelihood of his constituent as the criminal rob them of their valuable property.
Out of the fear that more residents might fall victim to the armed robbery, Hon Chiwity, on Wednesday March 21, posed a question to the minister for Interior as to what the Ministry is doing to curb the menace.
“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for the Interior what the Ministry is doing to curb the consistent robberies on the Sawla – Damongo and Sawla – Wa highways,” Hon Chiwity asked in a filed question.
The oral question was however asked on behalf of the MP by Hon Ras Mubarak, MP for Kumbungu, as Hon Chiwity is attending a national assignment in far away Brazil.
In response, the Minister for Interior Mr. Ambrose Dery said, the Sawla-Damango and Sawla-Wa Highways are very crucial in the national fight against violent crime because of its span and sparse population.
According to the Minister, “information we have received from the Ghana Police Service indicates there has been only one (1) reported robbery within the area in question this year and the issue of what the Ministry of the Interior is doing to curb the consistent robberies in the area is an over exaggeration of the situation on the ground.”
Mr Dery said, government is very committed in the fight against armed robbery and that no effort would be spared in reducing or eradicating the menace in the country.
He said, it was for that reason that government in its bid to retool the Police Service and has in the first step equipped the Police with additional patrol vehicles and logistical support to enable them discharge their duties efficiently.
“Mr. Speaker, the Police Administration in addition to putting in place security measures in the area, have also increased patrols on our highways in which the Sawla-Damango-Wa highways have been factored in the operational plan of the Police Service.”
“The Police have also stepped up its intelligence operations across the country and which is yielding enormous results in the arrest of persons involved in crime,” Mr Dery told parliament.
The Interior Minister further told parliament that, the Operation Calm Life which is a joint Police/Military Operation has also been intensified along the corridor in the fight against crime and armed robbery in the country.
He therefore added that, “security is a shared responsibility and much as the security officers must play their part, much will depend on information from the public in order to arrest these robbers.”
He assured the MP and the good people of Sawla/Tuna /Kalba that government would continue to fight crime include their constituency to end the menace of robbery for residents to have free movement for their daily activities at both day and night.
The Minister however appealed to the public to continue to volunteer vital information to the police to help stem the menace as crime is cut across all spectrums.
Sources: www.therepublicnewsonline/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba