Dampare warns Krobo youth against violence

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The Inspector General of Police , Dr George Akuffo Dampare has cautioned the Krobo youth to be responsible and avoid being used to perpetuate violnec in the community.

He called on them not to be used by some individuals to serve their interest in the ongoing impasse on the usage of electricity.

He expressed worry that the impasse had persisted with its security implications at Odumase and Somanya and pledged to provide lasting solutions.

The IGPs visit to the area was to avert further intended planned disruptions police intelligence had picked up

The IGP met with chiefs of the Yilo and Manya krobo traditional area, before meeting the Youth on Friday night.

“If you have any mindset for destruction, I want to urge you to stop it because you will be destroying your own future and if you see someone with a mindset of destruction and you don’t advise them to stop it, whatever he or she destroys will come and affect you.”

“If you choose not to stop it or tell the others to stop it, we (Police) will come for them, and we will do it in a manner and a way that nobody will appreciate it,” he said.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) recently took a decision to move its offices from the Krobo areas to the newly-opened Juapong offices in the Volta Region.

The decision was taken as a result of recent skirmishes and agitations led by some youth groups in Yilo and Manya Krobo against the nation’s foremost power distribution firm.

On Monday, November 22, the United Krobo Foundation led a demonstration over accumulated debt, threatening the Company to pack out of Kroboland if the debt cannot be retired completely.

The residents carrying various placards during the protest on Monday, November 22, 2021

This came a couple of years after a violent demonstration in the area led to the vandalising of the Somanya offices of the Company and burning of a police vehicle.

“This clearly demonstrates that their recent threats which was captured on all media platforms, including the direct warning to ECG
to vacate their Krobo land cannot be taken for granted,” the Managing Director of ECG, Kwame Agyemang-Badu, told journalists on Monday, December 6.

“The continuous emotional and psychological torture of our staff in the Krobo district cannot be allowed to go on in perpetuity.

“To protect the lives of our staff which we dare not compromise on, we henceforth will operate the district from Juapong office, and going forward, any faults intervention, or any call to correct any anomaly in the system within the Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo communities will be dependent on the availability of Police escort.”

This decision was based on recommendations by ECG’s Tema Region, which has superintendence over the Krobo offices.

“Our doors will always be opened, and when reason prevails, and the Management of Tema region are convinced that the environment that we have left is safe and harmonious for us to directly operate in these communities, we will not hesitate to give them our approval.”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana