A total of 235 personnel drawn from the 66 artillery regiment, the Ghana Police service, Prison service, Immigration service, fire service and the Custom Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) took part in the second quarter Volta regional security services combat route march in Ho last Thursday.
According to the commanding officer of the 66 artillery regiment, Lt. col. Abass Seidu, the route march is aimed at assessing the fitness of security personnel in the region and also to send a strong signal to the criminals and the public in general, their readiness to combat any act of lawlessness in the region.
Lt. col. Abass said the route march is also to create the platform for the security personnel to socialize and exchange ideas.
The march begun from the Volta barracks and ended at the Ho sports stadium where the personnel were addressed by the Volta regional minister, Hon. Joseph Amenorwode. He commended them for their efforts in maintaining peace and security in the region and expressed the hope that the route march will lead to a better collaboration among them.
Hon. Amenorwode also urged the security personnel to treat their civilian counterparts well since they will become civilians once they retired. He as well asked them to involve their wives in subsequent route marches.
At a reception for senior officers, Col. Rtd Cyril Neku, the deputy Volta regional minister, entreated them to be vigilant especially as the 2012 elections approaches since it is a very critical one coupled with the production of oil in the country.
He also suggested to the officers to consider organizing seminars to educate the public on the various roles they play as security services.