Alhaji Amadu Jebkle, Chairman of the Nima Watchdog Committee (NWC), who is also the Second Vice Chairman of the Greater Accra Association of NWCs, was the guest of his Nigerian counterparts during which he recounted the work of his group to the delight of his hosts.

He spoke at the Etim Inyang International Lecture on Community Policing in the Rivers State capital of Port Harcourt, an invitation which showed the recognition of their role by their Nigerian counterparts.

Recounting his experience, he told his audience that the key policing challenges which demand the support of neighbourhood watchers included inadequate police/population ratio (1:1200), inadequate policing logistics and equipment, rising organized crimes, internal/trans-border drug and human trafficking, among others.

The foregone, he said, informed the emergence of NWCs in the country, pointing out that their support to the Nima District Police Command led to the reduction of crime in the district as observed by the Divisional Commander for 2010.

The role of the NWCs, he pointed out, attracted the attention of the police administration which presented them with a cash reward of GHC2000 during the tenure of the former Inspector General of Police (IGP), P.K. Acheampong.

Mr. Jebkle was in Nigeria at the invitation of Hon. Austin Yong, Chairman of neighbourhoold watchdog committees in that country.

In an interview with DAILY GUIDE upon arrival, he expressed displeasure at what appears to look like a waning interest on the part of the state and the police in their operations.

He pointed out that during the recent Eid El Fitr celebration many of the traders who brought fowls to sell for the festivity suffered losses through theft by area boys.

?This happened because we were not active during the period. We too are beginning to develop cold feet in our operations because of the non-supporting posture by the police and the state.

There have been instances when we supported the AMA to collect taxes from people in the area because as he put it ?we know the terrain and how to deal with recalcitrant persons.?

He assured stakeholders that with the necessary support, neighbourhood watchers can support the police to bring crime rate to the barest minimum.

He told DAILY GUIDE that his Nigerian counterparts ?were keen on learning about how we have been operating in Ghana and how they too can replicate the module in their country. It was an eye-opening experience as I shared ideas with my hosts.?

By A.R. Gomda

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