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The Ghana Police Service in the Upper West Region has received a boost for their operations in the area following a donation of a brand new Nissan Hard Body Pickup by the chiefs and people of the Bulenga Area Council in the Wa East District.

The donation which took place at the forecourt of the Regional Coordinating Council on Thursday, 12th March, 2020 was necessitated by the chiefs’ desire “to be citizens and not spectators”.

According to Naa Abu Salia Bafaradu II who spoke on behalf of the Chiefs and people of the Bulenga and the Manwe Tradional Areas, the decision to support the police with the vehicle was taken following some robbery incidents in the Bulenga Area Council coupled with the lack of transport logistics for police in the Bulenga Sub-station. The chiefs believe providing the vehicle for patrol duties will increase police visibility in the area which will help reduce, if not eradicate, the activities of miscreants.

The Nissan pickup which cost GH₵160,000.00 was procured using funds from the sale of seized rosewood, market tolls, cattle levies and other fines. Naa Bafaradu II who is a victim of robbery in the area noted that “we could have shared the money, but we said ‘no’. So we decided not to squander it, not to share it. It must serve the whole district or the whole (Bulenga) area”. “And you know the president said something and some of us the old people are always listening to wisdom. That we should not be spectators, we are to be citizens. And the chiefs first showed that citizenship so that our people will follow.” He concluded.

Minister for the Upper West Region, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih who presented the vehicle to the regional police command commended the chiefs and people of the Wa East “for initiating this laudable idea that has borne fruits”, noting “this is an ample demonstration of how citizens must behave”. He charged the police commander to ensure that the pickup is put to the use for which it was procured. Dr. Bin Salih further directed that the vehicle be stationed in the Bulenga and Manwe enclave to serve the people who donated it.

“We will not tolerate it if the vehicle is not used for its intended purpose. It is to be used to provide security in the Bulenga and Manwe traditional areas. The vehicle must be stationed there. It should not be taken to other areas.” He tasked, adding that “also ensure that those who will be using it, maintain it. If they maintain it, it will last long. And once it lasts long it will continue to be productive to not only the people of Wa East, but the entire Upper West region”.

The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Francis Aboagye Nyarko, who received the donation on behalf of the Ghana Police Service also expressed gratitude to the chiefs and people of the area for their kind gesture and pledged to ensure that the vehicle is used and maintained for the benefit of the Bulenga Area Council and its environs. “The assurance is that we will use it to the satisfaction of the community. We will do proper maintenance of the vehicle.”