Police in the Ashanti Region have deployed uniformed and plain clothed officers to augment the number of officers on patrols throughout the Easter festivities.
The Police said the deployment of the officers which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will ensure both events are observed peacefully.
Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Godwin Ahianyo told Citi News that they will ensure that there is safety in the Ashanti Region.
“As part of our measure that we have put in place, per our operational order, men have been drawn from the various offices in order to augment our strength on the field, performing patrol duty, foot patrol and vehicular patrol. This Easter has coincided with the 20th-anniversary of Asantehene. As such, we need to make sure the Ashanti Region is safe. Whoever wants to take advantage of this festive season to cause trouble, ours is to tell them that the law would catch up with them and we will deal with you,” he said.
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has also said it is possible for Ghana to enjoy the Easter festivities without recording any road traffic accidents if motorists and pedestrians adhere to road safety regulations.
The Executive Director, Mrs. Obiri Yeboah who spoke in Takoradi after an Easter road safety campaign durbar with drivers said the country cannot afford to continuously lose her workforce through road crashes.
Figures from the Western Regional Road Safety Commission show that 31 people were killed through 217 road accidents in the region in the first quarter of 2019, which represents about a 60 percent reduction of the 97-persons killed in the same period last year as a result of 689 road accidents.
To further reduce these disturbing cases, the National Safety Commission, the Police MTTD together with the Red Cross are conducting a simultaneous Easter road safety education across the country.