The Amansie Central District Assembly has appealed to the Inspector General of Police to post more police officers to the district.
The District Chief Executive explained that at a time when security has become a major consideration to the development of any community, Amansie Central is lacking police officers and police posts.
Emmanuel Dede Appiah in an address during the assembly’s meeting stated that the entire district has only 17 police officers and one police station for a population of over 90,000 people.
This, he noted, is woefully inadequate, adding that some urgent measures have to be instituted to bridge the gap.
According to him, it is rather worrying that Amansie Central is one of the districts in the Ashanti Region where illegal mining is endemic, and it is now common knowledge, the security implications of activities of operators of illegal miners, known in the local parlance as galamsey.
In spite of this, he said the assembly managed to maintain relative peace in the district through regular patrols.
The DCE also announced that the assembly is taking steps to establish new police stations to increase police presence and also bring security to the doorsteps of the average citizen.
He said Mile 9, a community in the district, had been identified as a suitable location to establish one.
Additionally, the assembly is also considering providing residential accommodation for the District Police Command to enhance their performance.
Meanwhile, the DCE still maintained that illegal mining continues to be a major security challenge confronting the district. “Massive illegality has engulfed the small-scale mining business. The small-scale mining, which ought to be the sole preserve of Ghanaians, have been infiltrated by foreign immigrants, and also some large-scale concessioners illegally cede portions of their large-scale concessions to small-scale miners without the consent of the regulatory authorities.”