The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has reiterated its commitment to maintain safety and security within the metropolis to enhance development.
During a familiarisation tour of some selected courts and police stations within the metropolis on Friday, the chairman of the Justice and Security Sub-Committee, Mr. Leslie Joseph Anim said the assembly would address challenges hindering the effective administration of security and justice in the area.
The team, which comprised a delegation of the committee and Assembly members, legal Officers and representatives of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), paid an unannounced visits to some security agencies in the metropolis to receive first-hand information on their operations and challenges in the discharge of their duties.
The institutions visited included the Ablekuma Sub-metro District Court, Abeka District Court, Tesano District Police Headquarters, Nima Divisional Police Command and the Accra Regional Command.
Through the visit, it was observed that inadequate logistics, lack of personnel and cooperation from the public were major challenges facing the agencies hence the inability to deliver effectively on their mandate.
Mr. Anim who is the Assembly Member for New Dansoman said in an interview with The Ghanaian Times that “the AMA has the responsibility of maintaining law and order within the metropolis to ensure that our people are safe and free to go about their duties without fear”.
“We will present a comprehensive report of our observations to the executive committee and push that these challenges are addressed within the shortest possible time because we believe that injustice everywhere is a threat to security everywhere”.
He underscored the need for more professionals to be involved in the local governance structure to bring about transformation in the country adding that, “I am a lawyer by profession and an assembly member so I believe once we get the right and qualified people involved, local governance will be an easy task and our country will be a better place”.
Touching on the upcoming elections, Mr. Anim called for unity and peace especially among the youth, saying, “the electoral process is just a means to an end but not an end in itself so let us work and stay together as a team before, during and after the elections”.
Meanwhile, all the security agencies visited assured their readiness and preparedness to promote peace and justice in the country, ahead of the 2016 elections.
By Abigail Annoh