The Overlord of the Wala Traditional Area, Wa Naa, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV has appealed to the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo for, immediate redress, improved public and street lightening to reduce crime wave in the Wa municipality.
He believed improved public and street lightening would augment the efforts of the Ghana Police Service in fighting crime in the municipality.
Wa Naa made the appeal when the President called on him at his palace to begin his two-day working tour of the region.
The Overlord observed that the “police men … and women are hard put to it in trying to maintain security in the municipality particularly at night.
“This is because most of the streets remain dark giving cover to criminals to commit all sorts of atrocities.”
He referred to the recent case of three murders as case study stressing that “we need street lights to enable the Police Service do their duty of protecting life and property.”
The Wa Naa also appealed to the President to consider the timely completion of the Wa-Bulenga road as he observed the contractor in-charge of the road had left site and the road was fast deteriorating.
He also reminded the President of the need for the government to dualize the SDD-UBIDS - Airport road to ease congestion and traffic on the road and further reduce the occurrence of accidents, which have become a commonplace, along the stretch.
Wa Naa, on the aspect of education, appealed to the President to construct an ultramodern auditorium complex for the Wa Senior High School as the age-old 200-capacity Assembly Hall could no longer contain the over 2000 current student population of the school.
Naa Pelpuo further reminded the President of the request, made to him on two occasions, to construct a fence hall around the Jamiat Islamic Girls Senior High School.
Meanwhile, the overlord expressed gratitude to the president for showing commitment to addressing the development challenges in the region.
On his part, the president assured the chief and his people of the government's commitment to granting his request.
He commended the citizens of the region as well as the security agencies for working collaboratively to ensure continuous peace and security in the region, and urged for more collaboration and harmony between the civilian population and the security agencies.
He said the government was also working to improve the security situation in the region, and as such, he disclosed that the Regional Coordinating Council was already on the process of procuring some 3000 streetlight bulbs.
He also assured that plans were far advanced to construct the fence wall for the Jamiat Islamic Girls' SHS through the Zongo Development Fund Secretariat.
The president and his team also visited the B K Adama Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre to ascertain progress of work on the project where it was discovered that the first phase of the project was 98 percent completed and the second phase progressing steadily.
The contractor of the project gave the assurance that the project would be completed in December this year.