Police officers keeping peace in Eastern region in need of water, car
Police Personnel deployed to protect residents who have been affected by clashes between nomadic herdsmen and indigenes in parts of the East Region, have appealed to government to provide them with water.
The 85 personnel, who were dispatched from the Police Headquarters last week to calm tensions and protect lives and properties at Dwerebease and Hweehwee after reprisal attacks between nomadic herdsmen and some farmers, which led to the death of some 8 people, are struggling to access water which they say is affecting their work.
This was revealed by the Commanding Officer of the troops, Chief Inspector Albert Abalem, when members of the Regional Security Council visited the affected communities to have a fair idea about the situation on the ground after the reprisal attacks.
Chief Inspector Albert Abalem pleaded with the Eastern Regional Minister and the members of the Regional Security Council to as a matter of urgency provide them with a bore hole.
“The problem we have here is with water. We do not have water and it is a challenge for us. As you can see, it is ‘Kufuor gallons’ we are using here. We travel with our car to a faraway community from here to fetch water into the gallons on a daily basis to cook, drink and bath before we go to work, and this is not helping us.”
Chief Inspector Albert Abalem again requested for a pick up to help with their operations. “Another problem we have is with our car, we have only one pick-up and it is not helping our work because when the pickup leaves for patrols we do not have a backup for emergencies so we are pleading with the assembly to help us with a pick up to enhance our operations.” The Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Samuel Afeku, on his part promised to work on the issues raised by the police personnel.
“I assure you that your concerns have been well noted and they will be channeled to the appropriate authorities to be addressed immediately for you to get whatever you require and to be able to work effectively and carry out your mandate here.”
The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, also gave the personnel an assurance that the Kwahu East District Assembly will take pragmatic steps to address their water problem in the shortest possible time.
These problems and concerns raised by the police personnel on duty paints exactly the gloomy picture of the kind of problems teachers, and health workers who are posted to work at these deprived villages face on a daily basis.