On the 24th Day of February GREDA Executive Council led by the President met with the IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.
The agenda was as follows:-
1. Landguard menace
2. Affordable housing for the police
3. Other matters
GREDA President in his introductory remarks congratulated the IGP on his appointment and commended him for his positive impact since he assumed office amidst growing security concerns of the general population. He further encouraged him to continue the good work as his demonstration of his quality leadership is gradually making positive incursions into the command units in the various regional divisions.
On his part, the IGP took time to share some important security concerns with respect to our industry and appealed to Ghanaians in general to be guided by our conscience to do right at all times. He further advised Ghanaians to be patient on our roads to forestall the rising incident of vehicular accidents especially that of motor cycles that have recorded high fatalities recently and is leading the road accident chart.
On the Land Guard menace, the IGP agreed with us that it is decades old problem which requires the support of all law abiding citizens to report all such activities to the Police for swift action to be taken to address it. He also advised that GREDA members and society at large should desist from engaging the services of land guards. He said the Police service is ready, willing and able to assist all GREDA members with genuine land title documents.
He promised GREDA he and his officers will soon come out with a strategy to reduce the menace upon reviewing of all existing systems. He admitted the task is a very complicated one and also stated that he will need the support of developers. And that we must sometimes consider settlements in resolving land disputes and to equip the police on such endeavors. We must be ready to give in to wisdom to sometimes agree to settlement of compromise for mutual interest aside what is legally claimable.
On the Affordable housing for the police, he was pleased with GREDA’s interest for the welfare of the police and advised us to approach their outfit to discuss proposals. He further said, the challenge for them has been the nature of their work which requires that they are transferred around the country during their working years makes it difficult for them to own homes at a particular location whiles they pay rent elsewhere when they are transferred.
He however advised us to engage with their welfare department/unit for further discussion on how best it can be done. He however explained that the police force may not be engaged as a body on all possibilities but some sort of a scheme for the individual officers to sign on. GREDA 1st Vice President MR Stephen Ablormeti-Debrah who is the chairman will lead the Affordable Housing Committee to continue engagements with Commissioner in Charge of welfare to further engage in our mutual interest. It was such a cordial reception from the IGP and his two Commissioners and a fruitful meeting.
In the closing remarks from both the IGP and GREDA President, both sides thanked each other and reiterated their commitment to continue the discussion to a fruitful end.