A letter purported to have come from the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong – Boanuh has allegedly denied security protection for the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) at their 25th Annual Delegates’ Congress scheduled to take place at St. Ambrose College of Education in the Dorma Akwamu District of the Bono Region.
A letter written to the National Secretariat of TTAG in a response to another letter on TTAG official letterhead which was described by the Association as fake bearing the signature of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, the Chief Staff Officer of the Police Mr. Joseph Owusu-Ansah has cautioned the Association not to organize its Annual Delegates’ Congress at St. Ambrose College of Education.
In the letter copied to the Bono Regional Police Command said, “the Ghana Police Service is a frontline security agency for this year’s general elections which is about three weeks to the pools. As such the Service is currently preparing for the exercise, including organizing training programmes for personnel.”
According to the office of the IGP in the said letter, they will not be able to provide security personnel to the Association during its National Congress which is supposed to take place at St. Ambrose College of Education. The police has also asked the Association to postpone it National Congress since they cannot provide police personnel to guide their Congress.
“To this end the Service is not in the position to support your congress and appeals to you to reschedule it, probably to after the general elections to enable Police provide adequate security coverage.”
According to report, some national executive officers were asked by the Police and the Principal not to organize the National Congress at the St. Ambrose College of Education meanwhile, the ASHBA Sector was allowed to organize its Congress on the same campus. This is unclear to the leadership of the Association and delegates as they decided to select a new venue at the eleventh hour.
The leadership has nothing to do but quickly changed the venue to Berekum College of Education.
Upon arrival of four out of five Sectors at the Berekum College of Education, another directive from the Police has asked the leadership not to hold the Congress until the 2020 general election is conducted.
Few minutes after the directive, the Principal of the College told the Teacher Trainees’Association of Ghana (TTAG) to immediately suspend their Congress since he cannot host them. According to him, he has been directed by the police and his superriors not to allow TTAG to hold it 25th Annual Delegates’Congress on the campus.
The National Executive Council (NEC) has described the letter from the TTAG Secretariat seeking approval from the IGP of police to conduct the National Congress as fake. They also disclosed that, the impeached national president Mr. Augustine Appiah forwarded the police’s letter to their platform. When asked the source of the letter, he said, he received it from the office of the IGP.
The leadership of TTAG has duly reported the issue to the office of the IGP to assist in investigation to uncover the individuals behind the act.
Read below, the alleged letter from the office of IGP and the fake letter from TTAG.