Security in the Municipal is not the best as a result of high way robbery and chieftaincy disputes in the area. Within the period of four years, robbery cases in the area is on the ascendancy as a result of big markets in Atebubu, Yeji and Kejeji couple with isolated forest along the road as well as inadequate police personnel, logistics to patrol the area and last but not the least high unemployment rate have provided a fertile ground for robbery to both day and night to loot people’s property and kill people on the major high ways in the area. The extent to which the security situation of the Municipal has affected the area is enormous including loss of revenue to the assembly. This untold situation has attracted concerned among Nananom, opinion leaders, the youth within the district.
However, the situation is getting better as a result of combined security force within the Municipal and region for promotion of civic rights, security and justice in the district. They include the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Ghana Police Service (GPS), the Municipal Magistrate Court (DMC), the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS).
National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has made various efforts to carry out its constitutional mandate in the district. These include the formation of eleven (11) civic education clubs in schools, organizing program to educate the people on their civic rights and responsibilities, organizing constitutional games to promote interest in the study of the constitution and community fora on ways of reducing poverty among others. The NCCE is however, beset with a number of problems including the lack of permanent office and inadequate logistics.
The police are the lead agents in the maintenance of law and order in the district. Apart from the Municipal headquarters, the Police Service has two stations at Atebubu and Amantin. This poses serious problem to combating crime the Municipal has slightly more than half (54 %) of the police force that is required, with only one vehicle to patrol. The service also lacks modern communication gadgets required for effective operations.
The Municipal currently has one Magistrate Court for the administration of justice. The Court has only one permanent magistrate with about nine other supporting staff. As at now,the court had been able to dispose of 315 out of the 391 criminal cases reported. In the case of civil cases, about 263 out of a total of 364 cases had been settled. This leaves a backlog of 101over the period. The administration of justice in the Municipal is not without problems. These range from insufficient sitting capacity of the court room, lack of furniture, lack of means of transport to lack of office equipment including computers and telephone facilities.
Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) was established in 1994 in the district. The only office of CHRAJ is located at Atebubu where it convenes three times a week. CHRAJ basically handles civil cases which it is able to dispose of quickly due to the relatively simple procedures it employs in hearing cases. The problems faced by the commission include, inadequate staffing, inadequate office space, inadequate office equipment, inadequate means of transport and low budgetary allocations.
Fire prevention and management has been the key responsibility of the Fire Service in the district. The importance of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) can therefore not be overemphasized in the protection of life and property. The Municipal has only one Fire Station located at Atebubu and with total staff strength of about 17 out of the 93 personnel required. The station can boast of only one fire tender and one fire hydrant located at Atebubu. Despite its low capacity, the GNFS headquarters in the Atebubu also serves the Pru and Sene Districts.
Bushfire constitutes the major reported fire case followed by domestic fire. This highlights the importance of fire volunteers in every community to complement the efforts of the GNFS in the district. Currently, there are a limited number of fire volunteer groups covering 15 communities. These volunteers are currently ill-equipped to perform.
Date Created : 12/5/2018 3:48:19 AM
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