Parliament Gets New Police Station Amidst Terror Fears

A modern Police Station has been inaugurated within the four walls of the chain of assets housing Ghana’s Legislature as part of security reforms aimed at reinforcing Police presence in and around the State House.

Since Ghana’s return to Constitutional rule in 1993, security in and around the chamber, has not been the best.

In recent times, several MPs responding to the murder of the late MP for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye-Danquah-Adu, lamented the lack of security for them over the years. 

After years of active campaigning by some MPs, and in view of the recent wave of deadly terrorist attacks within the West African Sub-region, a Police Station was on Friday inaugurated at the Western gate of the State House at a short ceremony.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, who spoke at the inauguration, called on all MPs, Staff and people who frequent the House, to corporate with police personnel who will be stationed at the post. The Speaker acknowledged that the new police station was a response to the calls for tighter security amidst the heightened terrorist threats in the sub-region.

“The opening of this police station comes at a time when issues of security and the security in parliament as a key state institution has assumed national importance. The inauguration of this station will provide secure and safe working environment and improve the preparedness of police personnel to maintain security within Parliament and the Statehouse.” Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho urged all stakeholders of Parliament, to bear with the new security measures enforced by the personnel and stated that, “everybody entering this premises is subject to the instructions from the police.”

Gov’t urges vigilance amidst terror threats The Interior Minister, Prosper Bani, who spoke at the opening of the Police Station asked Ghanaians to take note of increasing terror threats in West Africa and remain vigilant at all times. “We have to be reminded that the security situation in our sub-region requires a lot of vigilance and proactive steps to ensure that our people have the confidence in government to provide the needed security to enable them go about their activities on a daily basis.” Prosper Bani also reiterated Government’s resolve to ensure that all major institutions are kept secure for the benefit of Ghanaians.

“We will continue to enhance security at all our major installations to ensure that what we have invested in them will be protected for the benefit of the people using them and also for posterity.”