Amidst distasteful concerns about Sierra Leone Police’s inability to patrol its areas of operation, Members of Parliament constituting the Committee on Internal Affairs were shocked at what seems to be a graveyard of police vehicles at the depot in Makeni.
Members of Parliament, during an oversight visit to the regional headquarter town, expressed concern over the appalling state in which over 50 grounded police vehicles that ravaged the entire premises of the regional headquarter, with apparently no future plans to even repair one.
Members of the committee observed that the condition of the police vehicles and motorbikes, go a long way to buttress the fact that much of the country’s resources have been wasted, as the vehicles were bought with huge tax payers’ money.
They viewed that instead of leaving the vehicles in such permanent wreckages, especially when there are hues and cries within the police force over insufficiency in the area of mobility, plans would have been put in place to get some financial returns for those expensive vehicles, instead of leaving them in such a pathetic condition.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, (North), Mustapha Kamara and his team, supported the fact that the grounded vehicles were an eyesore to security personnel in that part of the country.
He said that some of the vehicles have been there for the past five years without repairs, despite the huge challenge in the area of mobility.
The AIG said that with a strength of 939 police officers in the North, that are assigned in six divisions, the issue of mobility is of grave concern to them, especially when they are about to have another division; the Pamlap division.
He said that Mile 91 has only one vehicle, and that other areas such as Kamakwie are experiencing scarcity in the area of vehicles in order to facilitate their operational activities in hard-to-reach areas.
However, despite the fact that the MPs were in dire sympathy with the condition of the police in the region, they noted that they were seriously constrained because, a status report that would enhance effort to channel their concerns in Parliament was not made available to them.
In essence, the police had not prepared any status report ahead of the committee’s visit.
As a result, members could not sufficiently deliberate on issues surrounding their expenditure for the fiscal year, major projects undertaken by the force and the constraints they face in their operational endeavors.
Therefore, members unanimously stood them down and ordered them to prepare an up-to-date status report for the committee.
By Poindexter Sama
Thursday June 05, 2014