As part of efforts to enhance security as well as maintain law and order within the Ho municipality of the Volta region a new police station has been commissioned in the area.
The facility located at Sokode-Bagble along the Ho-Accra highway, was solely financed by a Ho based businessman and philanthropist, Mr. Joe Ayivor popularly known as ‘Afelotto’.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Mr. Ayivor said the increasing incidents of robbery and burglary including recent attacks on fuel service stations within the area necessitated his intervention.
According to him, the absence of a police installation in the area hinders the early response of the police to crime alerts, and recounted how he had to drive several kilometers at night to Ho to get a police patrol team to respond to a robbery attack on his fuel service station a year ago.
“From Sokode-lokoe to Anyinawase, there is no police post, so all communities within that stretch are in danger in terms of any criminal attacks. That’s why I decided to support the communities here.”
The new police station which is the third in the municipality, comprises of a charge office, office for the station officer, male and female cells with modern washrooms. The offices are fully furnished with, computer set, furniture, air-condition, television, refrigerator set, potable water with a reservoir among others.
The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae on behalf of the Ghana Police Service and the Inspector General of Police, COP John Kudalor commended the gesture and urged others to emulate.
He reiterated that security is a shared responsibility and the era of waiting on only government to provide infrastructure for security agencies are far gone. He therefore welcomed all forms of support from the public to make policing in Ho and the entire region smoother.
The Deputy Regional Minister, Francis Ganyaglo described the Police station as timely considering the increasing population of the municipality. While commending Mr. Ayivor for his intervention, he also urged well meaning individuals, groups and communities to initiate some development projects since government alone cannot provide it all.