October 12, 2016
By William Nlanjerbor JALULAH
Over one year after ASP Thomas Agbanyo was transferred from the Upper East Regional Police Command as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) to the Volta Region in a different capacity, the Upper East Region is still without a PRO.
The situation is not only a worry to the command, headed by DCOP Simon Afeku, media practitioners are the most affected because it has impeded free and timely flow of information which they demand on largely in the line of their duty.
The Public Relations Unit of the Police service serves as the means between the media and the service in the free and timely flow of credible information because media practitioners depend on such information on daily basis in the performance of their duty.
In an interaction with Top News Ghana, DCOP Afeku confirmed the usefulness of a PRO but was quick to say the Inspector General Police is aware of his situation and is making arrangements to get his command a replacement.
He acknowledged the absence of the PRO often puts pressure on him to speak to the media on almost every issue which should not have been the case if he had a PRO.
Information available to Top News Ghana also indicates it is not only the Upper East Region that has no PRO but, there are other regions which also face similar challenge.
Top News Ghana understands the plight of DCOP Afeku and his colleagues who do not have PROs and the fact that they may not want to be loud in complaining about it mainly because of their code of work, we call on the IGP to as a matter of importance and urgency, find PROs for the affected regions especially the Upper East.
Could this be the case that it is due to lack of human resource? Is it the case that the Police administration does not have this category of human resource? If yes, that certainly should not be admitted. And if indeed it is, then the service should train some already experienced officers of the service to serve as PROs.
The IGP should also be reminded that any region without a PRO is given one before the upcoming polls to ensure timely flow of information since the commanders will not always be available to provide the needed information when the media needs it most. This is because the commanders’ hands will be too full for them to attend to the deployment of officers and attending to the good number of media practitioners who will obviously seek to speak to him via phone or in his office on varied issues.
Mr. IGP, the time to act is now. Get us a PRO before the selections.