UNIC Accra sensitizes the public on the 13th UN Crime Congress and crime prevention at a bus terminal

Accra, April 2, 2015 – Tema Station is one of the busiest lorry terminals in the country connecting travelers to about 42 major locations across the country. In other words, boarding a vehicle from the Tema Station, one can get to any central location across the country. The Station is always crowded and bristling with trading activities. It is for this reason that the United Nations Information Centre, Accra (UNIC Accra) and partners chose Tema Station as the location for the awareness creation event on the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

Ms Prah briefing the audience

Ms Prah briefing the audience

Present at the event were representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service and members of the Citizens Movement against Corruption. Also present were some members of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU). They all took turns to make brief remarks on crime prevention. The Public Relations Officer of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service,

Members of Citizens Movement against Corruption ready to distribute some stickers

Members of Citizens Movement against Corruption ready to distribute some stickers

ASP Joseph Darkwah reiterated the need for public participation in the fight against criminal activities in the country. He said “fighting crime is a shared responsibility” and asked the public to share information with the security service when the need arises.

A driver pasting a sticker in his vehicle

A driver posting a sticker in his vehicle

In her opening remarks, the National information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah provided a brief overview on the 13th UN Crime Congress citing human trafficking, corruption, cybercrime and migrant smuggling as some of the areas to be discussed at the Congress, which is scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar from April 12 – 19, 2015.  She appealed to the media to continue with the sensitization exercise by highlighting the relationship between crime and development in their reportage.

A CID official pasting a sticker on a vehicle

A CID official pasting a sticker on a vehicle

Following the briefing ceremony, UNIC Accra staff led partners and the media personnel present to distribute beautifully designed car stickers to the drivers of Tema Station. The stickers have inscriptions such as “Corruption is a Crime”, “Crime Deepens Inequality”, “Crime Finances Terrorism” and “Crime Increases Hunger”.

For more information on the 13th UN Congress on Crime and Criminal Justice, visit http://www.un.org/en/events/crimecongress2015/