Crime wave in the Abesim township in the Sunyani Municipality have compelled the chiefs and people of the town to re-introduce Community Watchdog Committees in the neighbourhoods to protect lives and properties.

The Traditional Authority of the town have imposed monthly GH¢5.00 fee on every household to be used to support activities of the Committees, which would undertake night patrols in the neighbourhoods.

According to Barima Kumi Acheaw II, the ‘Abesimhene’ (Chief of Abesim) and ‘Kyidomhene’ of Dormaa Traditional Area, the Committees were to augment the efforts of the few Police personnel in the town to combat crime.

Speaking at this year’s community durbar of the people, at Abesim, Barima Acheaw II bemoaned the rate of stealing and robberies in the town.

The durbar, organised in November every year, aimed at raising funds for the Abesim Community Education Endowment Fund to support brilliant but needy students in the area.

Barima Acheaw noted that modern policing was a shared and collective responsibility, saying, the Police Service alone could not shoulder the responsibility of crime combat, hence, the need for the community to complement their efforts.

He indicated the need for residents to be watchful and report movements of people with questionable characters in their neighbourhoods to the Police for investigations and apprehension, if an intention of criminality was established against the fellow.

On education, Barima Acheaw II said the fund had provided scholarship packages to many students in tertiary institutions and advised students in the area to study hard to benefit from the scholarship.

On Health, Barima Acheaw II said the Abesim Clinic required urgent expansion and rehabilitation due to population growth, and appealed to the Ghana Health Service to consider that.

He also implored wealthy Abesim residents, home and abroad to come and contribute towards the holistic development of the town.

On behalf of Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, the overlord of Dormaa Traditional Area, Barima Acheaw II presented GH¢6,000.00, while he personally donated GH¢4,000.00 into the education fund.


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