The Abrem-Agona District of The Church of Pentecost has commissioned and handed over a multipurpose Police Station facility at Abrem Agona in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region, to the Ghana Police Service (GPS).
The facility, described as one of its kind in the country, was funded and constructed by the church at the cost of GH¢135,000.00.
It has the station officer’s office with washroom, CID Office, charge office, armory room, exhibit store, orderly room main office, male and female washrooms with lobbies, male cell with toilet and bathroom.
The old Police Station is dilapidated and had become a death trap for Police personnel and the public who seek their services.
The situation officers, therefore, referred suspects under its jurisdiction to Elmina for safe custody.
Speaking at the commissioning, Pastor George Ofori, the Abrem-Agona District Minister explained that the construction of the facility was inspired by the five-year strategic vision of the church dubbed ‘Vision 2023,’ which among other things aims at forging strategic partnerships with government geared toward nation building.
He said that several projects were being undertaken across the country, including clinics and prison facilities, under this vision.
Pastor Ofori said the church held various consultative meetings with major stakeholders in the community who agreed that a police station with residential quarters should be built for the community. The quarters would soon be completed to accommodate about ten staff.
DCOP Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong, Central Regional Police Commander, expressed gratitude to the church for the magnificent edifice and assured that it would serve the intended purpose for the people of Agona Abrem and KEEA municipality at large.
The edifice, she said, would help the Police personnel in the area to work efficiently and effectively.
She also urged the public to be law-abiding and offer the necessary assistance to the Police by providing credible information to help flush out criminals in the society saying, without security, nothing could be achieved in any community.
DCOP Twumasi-Sarpong appealed to other religious bodies, individuals, and organisations to emulate the gesture for the Police to deliver efficiently.
Nana Terkpor V, Chief of Abrem Agona commended the efforts of the church to the community and said the newly built Police Station would go a long way to reduce the incidents of crime and violence in the community.
‘When the elders and Pastors of the church came to me that they wanted to build a Police station, I could not believe it could be achieved, though we needed it to check indiscipline and lawlessness’, he revealed.
Nana Terkpor also thanked the Member of Parliament for KEEA, Mr Samuel Atta Mills, the MCE and the District Police Commander for playing a vital role in the construction of the project.
Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, the Cape Coast Area Head of the church, commended the efforts of the Ghana Police Service gave the assurance that the church would continue to partner government to undertake initiatives that would bring social and economic transformation in the country.
Nana Appiah Korang, Municipal Chief Executive of KEEA, who was overwhelmed by the gesture, applauded the leadership for the vision and benevolence.
He urged the community members to collaborate effectively with the Police to maintain and improve safety and security in the area, adding that security was paramount to the socio-economic development of the Municipality.