The Member of Parliament (MP) for the New Juabeng South who also doubles as the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Michael Okyere Kofi Baafi, has bemoaned the current spate of crime and mysterious deaths in the constituency.
The New Juabeng Municipality this year has recorded not less than four of these bloody events. It will be recalled that an ambulance driver while conveying a pregnant woman from the Akuse Government Hospital to the Koforidua Regional Hospital had his van attacked by highway robbers and sustained a gunshot in the eye.
The concerned Member of Parliament says the level of insecurity in Koforidua and its environs in recent times is new to the indigenes and beyond their imaginations. He added that Koforidua is not noted for crime, the very reason there is every need to be worried as a concerned native of the constituency.
Baafi, while addressing the press after a Town Hall Meeting at Anglo Town, a suburb of Koforidua, attributed the recent spate of crime in Koforidua and its environs to inadequate police posts at vantage points and poor streets lighting which makes the city and its streets dark at night.
He added that the darkness at night provides a safe haven for these robbers to carry out their vile deeds hence the decision to provide police posts and street lights in the city.
“I decided with the security agencies and assembly to erect 11 police posts in addition to the existing police post. This will help reduce the recent rate of crime in the town. We have also realized that there is a cloud of darkness in the town as a result of poor lighting. I pleaded with the Minister of Energy, Matthew Opoku Prempeh to give us street lights for the town”, he added.
The MP stated that these measures put in place in Koforidua will help reduce crime in the area to its barest minimum.
Mr. Okyere Kofi Baafi stated that there’s still the pressing need for all political heads, security agencies in high command and the Municipal Assembly to join forces and find a lasting solution to this lingering problem of crime in Koforidua and its environs.
He further called on all and sundry in Koforidua and its environs to be on the watch and crack the whip on the problem of crime.
By Effah Elvis|Myxyzonline.com