Don’t Extort Money From Offenders

ISAAC Ashai Odamtten, Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Tema has admonished Metropolitan Security Personnel of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) to refrain from unholy practices of extorting money from the assembly’s bye-laws offenders.

According to him, extorting money from traders, taxi and commercial bus drivers will tarnish the image of the assembly.

He promised to rudely apply appropriate sanctions against persons who might be caught in such act.

‘Your duty was not to lord over the citizens but rather to provide the services required of you as security personnel,’ the MCE warned.

Mr. Odamtten was speaking at the passing out ceremony of some 100 security personnel of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) who were made up of 88 males and 12 females drawn from the taskforce, watchmen and city guards to form a single force.

The aim to rebrand and train the personnel, the MCE explained was to meet the growing challenges confronting the assembly due to population growth and expansion of the metropolis.

According to him, the assembly decided to train the officers in order to consolidate and restructure the various security units of the assembly into a consolidated Metro Security Unit (MSU).

He disclosed that the metro security will be divided into various sections namely Guard Duties, Revenue Collection, Traffic Management, Development Control and Rapid Response Section.

The MCE was optimistic that the training has equipped the officers to deliver on the new roles in the Local Government System for Metro Guards which include maintaining security, law and order, and assist prosecution among others.

For his part, Commodore Steve Darbo, former Flag Officer Commanding at the Eastern Naval Command in Tema urged the personnel of the MSU to show professionalism, honesty, loyalty and discipline in all endeavours to bring honour to the assembly and dignity to themselves.

He commended the assembly for the facelift given to the security department and the TMA as a whole.

The security officers were taken through a 2-week rigorous residential training in change management, TMA bye-laws, surveillance and intelligence, report writing, stress management, first aid and drill at the Ghana Police Training School in Accra.

The uniforms of the TMA security personnel have been changed from white and black to complete blue-black with beret and boots to match.

Awards were presented to five of the personnel for their exceptional performance in various disciplines.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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