The Regional Commander of the Liberia National Police, Morris Teaman says the commercial city of Ganta needs a zonal status to cope with the current caseload because of the population.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on August 31, he said the city of Ganta is growing in population, and also in commercial activity and therefore it needs several depots to prevent crimes and manage other activities in the city.
He said even though the crime rate in Ganta, as well as mob violence, were dropping, the city is growing with a lot of activities, including hotels, banking, and it is necessary to increase the number of police depots to withstand any future tension.
He disclosed that the police depot in the slum community, of Congo, has been closed because it was located on a private property and the owner demanded the property.
The Congo Community is situated in the heart of Ganta and it is reported that local gangsters and other illegal drugs use it as their den.
Ganta has several commercial banks, a growing number of hotels, with entertainment facilities. The city is also situated at the Liberian border with the Republic of Guinea.
Residents have complained about the police officers’ ineffective response to the occurrence of crimes in the city of Ganta.
Meanwhile, the United States funded “Mitigating Local Dispute in Liberia . (MLDL)” program has donated a used pickup (Toyota Hilux, 2 cabins) to the Ganta Police Detail to enhance their operations.
The MLDL program is covering Nimba, Lofa, Bong and Grand Gedeh. The program is helping stakeholders, including security actors and civilians to mitigate local disputes through dialogue and also settle issues that have the propensity to cause insecurity in the county, through a channel called “early warning system.”
Meanwhile, Regional Commander Teaman has hailed the MLDL and the people of the United States for their donation, which he said will surely improve their movements across Ganta and its environs.
He also urged other potential partners to follow the example of MLDL, saying, “Our task as security officers in this region is huge and we need more vehicles and other logistics to enhance our movements.”