The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amotia Ofori Panin, has handed a 20-acre land to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) at Nsutam in the Eastern Region for the construction of a training school and academy.
The Okyenhene, assisted by the Chief of Nsutam, Osabarima Sarpong Kumakuma, officially handed over the land at a ceremony as part of his 20th anniversary of his enstoolment.
The training school and the academy will be the official centre to train EOCO officers, recruits and other ranks on refresher and promotion courses, as well as joint programmes with stakeholders.
Speaking at the short ceremony last Friday, the Okyenhene urged EOCO to put the land to good use for the development of Akyem Abuakwa and the country at large.
“We are giving you this land for the construction of the training school and academy. We are giving it out for the development of your work.
By this means, we hope it will be used for the development of Akyem Abuakwa and the country at large,” he said.
Receiving the land on behalf of EOCO, the Deputy Director, Mr Charles Nana Antwi, expressed gratitude to the Okyenhene for the gesture and promised that the land would be put to good use.
“We are grateful for the generosity of the overlord.
This land will be put to judicious use. This land will be used for a training school and academy which will train a lot of people from different walks of life,” he said.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Mr Antwi disclosed that they needed a vast land as a training centre for EOCO staff and recruits including people outside of Ghana.
“We had options in Accra but we needed a larger place that is why in the wisdom of the overlord of Akyem Abuakwa, he decided to give us this land some of which had been disturbed by miners.
“It is supposed to be a big academy and training school where aside from EOCO staff, we want it to be of international standard with modern facilities to take care of other training programmes, as well as offer training to very senior public servants who handle public procurement which come under investigation,” he added.