Government has assured that it will equip the country’s security agencies to enable them deliver on their mandate of maintaining law and order, as well as protecting the territories of the country.
The security services, especially the Ghana Police Service, has expressed concerns over the lack of logistics which they say is hampering the effective delivery of their work.
[contextly_sidebar id=”CM0LQjHZA06uhm84rPz76eR6u7EwzsQm”]The Minister for Interior Ambrose Dery, however told Citi News allocations have been made to these agencies to ensure efficiency.
“They [Police Officers] could be better positioned. They have something now. They have commitment. A number of them have lost their lives enforcing the law. We can enhance their capacity by giving more resources.”
“Nana Akufo-Addo’s government has given more resources this year to all the institutions, and we are hoping that we will do more by way of equipping them with vehicles, guns, appropriate training above all to make sure that they use them responsibly.”
Ghc800m for police; helicopters, drones in the offing – Nana Addo
President Akufo-Addo in February 2018, indicated that, the government was allocating some GH¢ 800million to the Ghana Police Service to ensure improvement in its operations.
He said the amount will be used for the procurement of modern policing equipment and gadgets including helicopters and drones to enhance the capacity of the service in dealing with crime in the country.
In his 2018 State of the Nation Address, President Akufo-Addo said the government is committed to resourcing the police with the necessary equipment to ensure that it carries out its mandate of enforcing law and order in the country.
Amend the constitution to make us more independent – Police Service
The Ghana Police Service has expressed concerns about the composition of its Council.
According to the service, the representatives on the Council are mainly appointees of the President, a situation which cripples their independence and professionalism.
The Service said the situation is inhibiting its ability to clamp down on the activities of vigilante groups.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) on political vigilantism, the Director of Transformation Programmes Office of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Benjamin Agordzor called for the de-politicization of the Council to enable the Police Service to work objectively without interference.
While quoting the existing laws that govern the composition of the police council, he said, “the Inspector General of the Police shall be head of the Police Service but shall be subject to the provision of the article and to the control and direction of the Police Council. Who is in the Police Council? It’s headed by the Vice President, who is also a party member and a member of the government.”
By: Marian Ansah | citinewsroom.com| Ghana