The Bongo District of the Upper East Region is scheduled to open four new police stations across four communities in the district in order to improve the police-civilian ratio in the area.


The communities where these stations will be sited are Zorkor, Bongo-Soe, Gowrie and Namoo.


Bongo District Chief Executive, Mr. Alexis Ayamdor Adugdaa, disclosed this at the maiden Bongo District Youth Forum organised by the Bongo Youth Association (BOYA) under the theme “The Youth, A Valuable Asset for Nation Building”. According the DCE, the Inspector General of Police has already given the approval, adding that the police station for Zorkor and Bongo-Soe will be commissioned next month while the remaining two will be catered for in the 2016 budget.


Mr. Adugdaa further explained that the district had abundant existing structures that could easily be converted for the purpose while expressing hope that the presence of more police officers stationed in communities within the district would ensure that peace and order were maintained at all times as well as give his constituents a sense of security over their lives and property.


He also used the event to commend Government for the numerous pro-poor interventions targeted at reducing poverty and supporting the vulnerable and mentioned for example that, the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty, LEAP beneficiary communities in the district had increased from 21 to 41. This therefore translated into 1,432 households benefiting from a total disbursed amount of GH¢107,442.00 as at 30th March 2015.

Mr. Adugdaa also praised the executives and members of BOYA for organising the forum and advised the youth not to let partisan politics shutter their aspirations. He asked them to avail themselves to the Rural Enterprises Programme, stressing that majority of them could enroll and acquire technically-oriented employable skills to earn a living. Meanwhile, he pledged to boost women’s participation in the governance process by lobbying for the appointment of 40% women in the next Assembly.


President of the Bongo Youth Association, Mr. Akantuge Stephen Adongo, in his address called on opinion leaders, the chiefs and political leadership of the area to support the youth in their efforts and resolve to contribute to the development of the district. He appealed to his colleague youth to channel their energies into productive ventures rather than fall prey to selfish individuals who will only use them for their selfish gains and dump them thereafter.


Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)


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