The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr Mohammed A. Alhassan, on Monday the cut-sod for constructional works to begin on the Upper West Regional Police Headquarters in Wa.
The project which is on a 14.94- acre land acquired in 2003 would be financed through internally generated funds from the police administration and the public, private partnership initiative.
Artisans from the Engineering Unit of Ghana Police Service would be used to implement the facility with members from the communities providing labour.
The cost of the project was not made known but it is expected to be completed in two years, the IGP told journalists.
Mr Alhassan said since the creation of the region and the corresponding upgrading of Wa into the status of a regional capital, no befitting office accommodation had been provided for the Regional Police Command.
He said the Police Service had over the years grappled with infrastructural deficit and, therefore cherished the public, private partnership initiative as a blessing.
Mr Alhassan urged private business entities and the municipal and district assemblies as well as corporate groups and international partners to assist in making the project a reality.
He asked well-meaning private investors to partner the police in its quest to develop office and residential accommodation for the personnel.
He urged the Regional Police Command to do everything possible and establish smaller police stations at vantage locations in the municipality to help fight crime and also maintain law and order.
Dr Mohammed Musheibu Alfa, Deputy Regional Minister, said the Regional Police Command since its establishment in 1983 had continued to operate from the Wa District Police Headquarters.
?This old facility which currently accommodates both the Regional and Municipal Police Commands is not only being over stretched but also does not befit the status of a Regional Police Headquarters,? he said.
He said government would support the project with the required funds to facilitate its early completion to provide good working environment for the police in the region.
Dr Alfa spoke against the growing incidence of encroachment on public lands in the region, saying the worst offenders are private developers, who put up structures ignoring notices from district assemblies and land sector agencies.
He charged district assemblies to put punitive measures within the ambit of the law to deal with the growing canker in the region.
Naa Salifu Mahama Djongare, Chief of Ducie, and representative of the Wa-Naa, Alhaji Fuseini Pelpuo, who chaired the function, called on people in the municipality to play the watchdog role to ensure that quality work is delivered on the project.