General News of Sun, 29 Feb 20040
Exhibitors and visitors happy about security at fair
Accra Feb 29, GNA - The heavy security presence coupled with their competence at this year's on-going 9th Ghana International Trade Fair has been lauded by exhibitors and visitors as being the best so far. The security personnel detailed at the fair ground included, those from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Armed Forces as well as some local private security agencies.
One exhibitor who spoke with the Ghana News Agency said, "Their presence has really helped because it is giving us some form of hope that our goods are safe. Personally I like the way they are going about their work".
A foreign exhibitor said she was happy more especially because the car park allotted exhibitors were with heavy security to keep the vehicles safe.
A visitor going round the stands said "it is good the security personnel are many, because during fair times, many fraudsters and criminals come around so we hope they this time they will not succeed in their operations ".
Giving an update of the situation, Major Agbeko-Sedziafa, the Security Coordinator, at the fair said this year every aspect of the security work ranging from the number of security personnel and gadgets provided had been improved thereby giving adequate safety for both the exhibitor and visitors.
He said it was therefore not surprising that for the past three days nothing serious related to fraud or any other crime had been reported.
Major Agbeko-Sedziafa said, "It was only one exhibitor who reported that some items were stolen but after investigation we realized that her stand was not broken into.
"However, security is not something which you can automatically maintain, any thing can happen at any time. What we need to do is to still be on alert and we hope that in the peak days when many people will visit the fair people can do their business without any problem," Major Agbeko-Sedziafa said.
He said the military men on duty only came in the evening with guard dogs whilst the police and other private security men maintained security during the daytime.