Some residents of Republic electoral area in Tema Community Four have appealed to the Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Kofi Brako, to help remove notorious drug peddlers from the Republic Road Cluster of Schools.
They alleged these miscreants have turned the schools’compound into a den of illicit activities especially wee smoking during school hours.
The concerned residents expressed their challenge when the Member of Parliament for the area, Mr. Brako interacted with them last weekend.
The residents, especially parents, said some of the addicts have been influencing some minors in the community to engage in smoking and taking illicit drugs.
According to the residents, the issue had persisted for more than 10 years in spite of intermittent swoops by the police.
The residents further bemoaned the haphazard citing of kiosks for abode and commercial activities which have become haven for some alleged criminals.
They again expressed concern about the numerous gambling or gaming centres in the community which have eventually forced children to partake in these negative activities instead of using their energies in other productive recreations.
They also spoke about the frequent choking of the sewerage system and the demand for additional fees to be paid before dislodgement by the Waste Department of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.
They were of the view that the TMA should use the annual sewerage maintenance fees paid by residents for that purpose.
On his part, Mr. Brako pledged to work with the Metropolitan Security Committee to sack miscreants from the Republic Road Cluster of Schools so that the students can go about their studies without hindrances.
“Please let us work together to resolve this drug problem as some of us have in the past shielded the culprits,” he said.
Mr. Brako urged the TMA to involve residents in decision-making especially on issues concerning the payment of fees to ensure compliance.
He also urged residents to help their wards study well and qualify for senior high schools (SHS) in the next academic year when government begins to roll out its free SHS programme.
Mr. Brako advised them to keep their compounds clean in order to prevent cholera, typhoid and the breeding of mosquitoes as the rainy season sets in.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema