Government To Strengthen Security Agencies Hon. Ambrose Dery

The Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, has said government is devising innovative ways to strengthen security agencies to make them the best in Africa.

 

The Minister said this when he paid a three-day working visit to the Western Region to familiarize himself with the security situation in the region.

 

He said the Ghana Police Service (GPS), Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Prisons Service, Immigration and other allied agencies responsible for internal security would be retooled and motivated to perform their mandate and duties efficiently.

 

According to him, government had been able to clear all outstanding rent allowances due police personnel, adding that all other agencies would also have their own cleared.

 

The backlog of personnel promotions in the police service, he said, had also been cleared and gave same assurance to the other security agencies under his ministry.

 

On housing, he said government would collaborate with private investors to provide affordable housing for security personnel.

 

He said the government was making efforts at raising the standards of security in the country and that there would soon be new recruitments into the various security agencies to augment the strength of their human resource.

 

The Western Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kwesi Duku, told the Minister that crime had reduced appreciably in the region, citing for example that robbery had reduced from 91 cases as at the third quarter of 2016 to 39 cases in the third quarter of 2017.

 

During the same period, he said, murder reduced from 40 cases to 38 cases while rape also went down from 48 to 27.

 

One stealing, he said, it reduced drastically from 3,101 to 911 during the same period.

 

Notwithstanding this good record, the police commander said the service was determined to enhance its efforts to reduce crime in the region further down.

 

At the Western Regional Command of the Ghana National Fire Service, Mr. Dery commended the fire personnel for working tirelessly to keep the region safe from fires and assured them of government’s commitment to improving their conditions of service.

 

At the Prisons Command, he said the situation where female prison officers were denied their rent allowance on grounds that their husbands who were also prisons officers were receiving rent allowance, should cease.

 

He said such a move was discriminatory and must not continue, stating that his outfit would correct it immediately.

 

Mr. Dery also visited the offices of Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) where he urged officers to give out their best when executing their responsibilities, while assuring that government would also play its part by assisting them.

 

Interacting with officers at the regional Immigration Command in Sekondi and Elubo border post, Mr. Dery said their significant role in manning the county’s entry points was acknowledged.

 

He however said in the line of duty, officers should be hospitable but firm and strict in accordance with the rules and regulations of the service. He also assured them of the reinstatement of officers on interdiction with no adverse findings.

 

He said there was the need for the development of man power and the arming of personnel at the borders to make their role very effective but cautioned them to guard against any act of corruption as well as anti-human and drug trafficking at the borders.

 

Reacting to a question from one of the officers about their role in the fight against illegal mining popularly known as galamsey, the minister said their participation with operation vanguard was carefully being considered.

 

The Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi, called for effective collaboration between security agencies while pledging the construction of a health facility for officers by the end of this month.  

 

Both the Interior Minister and the Western Regional Minister Hon. Kweku Afriyie were very impressed with the security situation in the region and commended the agencies for their hard work in keeping the region very peaceful.

 

Source: ISD (Fredrick Senu-Richards)