The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has demolished the Tema Newtown Police Station following recommendations from the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).
The police station, which is located near the Kplejoo tsoshishi, i was pulled down due to its structural defects which had made it a vicious death trap for personnel and cell inmates.
The structure had not seen any rehabilitation since it was built in the 1960s as part of the resettlement of the original people of Tema to Newtown to make way for the construction of the Tema Port and city.
Mr Frank Asante, Public Relations Officer of the TMA, told the Ghana News Agency that the demolishing started a fortnight ago to avert any disaster that could occur from continuous occupancy of the dilapidated structure.
Mr Asante stated that the Engineers Department of the TMA undertook the demolishing with the support of the Police while the Zoomlion Company assisted by carting the debris.
He noted that with the collaboration of the Ghana Police Service, the inmates were relocated to other police stations adding that new cases could be reported to the Fishing Harbour Police while the Assembly worked on providing the Police with a complaints office at the Tema East Sub Metro office.
He added that in order not to create a security vacuum, the police had intensified its day and night patrols in the area.
These, he said, included vehicle, foot and motorbike patrols.