The Principal of the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) Prof. Reynolds Okai has cut the sod for the construction of a police station at the College to prop up security on campus, and to ensure that students and staff and the entire community have peace of mind to go about their duties. The police station will be fully sponsored by of TAED Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) at the cost of GHS140,000.00.
Dr. Charles Dwamena a philanthropist and Chief Executive Officer of TAED Foundation intimated that the set up of the police station at the COLTEK was as a result of the high crime rate within the Kwadaso constituency. He narrated how he narrowly escaped one of such incident near the campus.
The Deputy Regional Police Commander for Ashanti Region Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr. Ampofo Duku noted that when the edifice is put up, it would serve as a police station for the College and its environs and could also be upgraded to the status of a district police station.
ACP Ampofo Duku noted that, it is the responsibility of the police to see to the welfare and security of all citizens. He warned perpetrators of crime to desist from their nefarious activities. He said culprits would be severely dealt with if found culpable.
The Principal, Professor Reynolds Okai expressed his deepest gratitude to TAED Foundation and Dr. Charles Dwamena for such a benevolent act. Professor Okai indicated that some students had expressed their displeasure about the security situation on campus. He cited an instance where a student was stabbed and robbed of a mobile phone and some other valuable items.
He mentioned that, it has always been the dream of the University to have a police station on campus due to the security challenges being faced.
Earlier, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties (COLTEK and TAED) for the execution of the project.
Present at the ceremony were the College Registrar, Michael Kofi Adu, Deans of Faculty, Heads of Department, other staff and students.