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Regional News Sat, 21 May 2005

We will not condone indiscipline - GNAT

Tamale, May 21, GNA - The Northern Regional Secretariat of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has warned teachers in the region that it would not condone indiscipline and other social vices among its members.

It said: "Much as the Association is bound to protect its members, it will not shield any member for wrong-doing."

Mr. Joseph Bakpata Abu, Northern Regional Secretary of GNAT gave the warning at the second Quadrennial delegates' conference of the Tamale Metropolitan branch of the Association in Tamale.

The conference was on the theme: "Attitudinal Change for Educational Progress and Development in Ghana - The role of the Teacher". Mr. Abu said some teachers in the Metropolis stayed away from school for days while others were involved in anti-social practices. He urged the teachers to change their attitude for the better, saying:

"We should not let the society lose hope in us as true custodian of their wards".

Mr. John N. Ali Tamale Metropolitan Chairman of GNAT said the attitudinal change of teachers in the area was crucial not only for the development of education but also for the progress of society. He urged teachers in the metropolis to use the information technology to upgrade their knowledge professionally and academically and also patronise actively in activities of the association.

He noted: "teachers in Tamale are not interested in looking for information. They rather love holidays so that they can do businesses."

Northern Region Police Command introduce snap checks

Tamale, May 21, GNA - The Northern Region Police Command has introduced snap checks in the Tamale Metropolitan Area to retrieve weapons use to perpetuate crimes.

Mr. E.O. Brakatu, Northern Regional Police Commander announced this at the Northern Region Command of the Ghana Police end of year get-together celebration in Tamale on Friday.

The forum offers the Police personnel the opportunity to socialise and take stock of their operations and to plan for the future.

Mr. Brakatu said initially, his men encountered problems but remained resolute in their efforts to free the metropolis of weapons, which the people had used to cause conflict.

He gave the assurance that the security services operating in the area were prepared to bring a sustainable peace to the region.

"We would not relent in our cherished profession as we would forge ahead to create the needed environment for development and growth", he said.

Mr. Brakatu appealed to the people in the region to respect the laws of the land and co-exist peacefully with their neighbours to enhance development.

"There is the need for the respect of rule of law and the acceptance of the due process of law in dispensation of justice", he said

"It is also necessary that in all our daily activities we be guided by these rules rather than resort to instant justice, which in itself is a perversion of justice", he added. Mr. Brakatu said, in spite of efforts to give adequate protection to the people in the region the Regional Police Command was faced with manpower constraints.

He said the police in the region would not have been able to cover the region effectively during the December Polls had it not been the support it received from the other regions.

On accommodation, the Regional Police Commander said work on six unit bungalows meant for senior officers and other ranks had come to a halt due to financial constraints.

He said the police administration had also acquired a piece of land at the old Tamale airport area to develop into living flats for the personnel but no work had been done on it.

Mr. Brakatu said some of the personnel operating at Mankango, Wulensi were living in deplorable structures that served as accommodation resulting in most of them falling sick.

He commended the civil society organizations and the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly for support in refurbishing the district police station and the rehabilitation of the district police vehicle.

Source: GNA