The Police Service will be equipped with modernised crime laboratories to enhance their capacity to enforce law and order and enable it provide the necessary security support.


The Police Intelligence Unit will also be strengthened to deal with the upsurge of sophisticated crimes which have confronted the nation in recent times.


Accordingly, Government will, this year, make available an initial amount of GH¢800 million to the Police Service for the procurement and supply of critical, modern policing equipment and gadgets.


The policing equipment will include one thousand (1,000) vehicles, motorbikes, and ammunitions.


Meanwhile, Government has successfully renegotiated an existing contract which has enabled it to purchase 100 Toyota Corolla vehicles for the Police.


Additionally, in the medium to long-term, Government will purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police combat violent and environmental crime.


The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, made these known in his 2018 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to Parliament in Accra on Thursday.


President Akufo-Addo pledged to tackle the perennial problems associated with police accommodation head on and introduce a compensation package to cover officers who lose their lives or get injured in the line of duty. 


He reminded the police, prosecution services and the judiciary of their duty to make everyone feel safe and secure, while assuring Ghanaians that the security agencies would protect them.


“I do not need to repeat that crime wears no political colours, and I am certain that message has gone down to all. The law enforcement agencies will crack down very hard on all those who would disturb the peace of our nation,” he stated.


President Akufo-Addo expressed the hope that the interventions being made would boost morale in the service and make it live up to its responsibilities.


President Akufo-Addo commended his Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Head of the Economic Management Team, and Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister, for their roles in the economic successes so far achieved, describing them as national assets.


President Akufo-Addo underscored the importance of the restoration of the teacher and nursing training allowances.


He said his government had doubled the capitation grant and was implementing its Free Senior High School education policy that had enabled 90,000 more students to gain access to Senior High School education in 2017 than in 2016.


The President recalled Government’s promise to reduce the fiscal deficit from 9.3%, to an estimated 5.6% of GDP and announced that that promise had been fulfilled.


“The annual average rate of debt accumulation which, in recent years, has been as high as 36%, has declined to 13.6%, as at September 2017. As a result, the public debt stock as a ratio of GDP is 68.3%, against the annual target of 71% for 2017, and end 2016 actual figure of 73.1%,” he.


He said as a result of appropriate policy and the normalisation of the power situation in the country, his government had engineered a spectacular revival of Ghanaian industry from a growth rate of -0.5% in 2016 to 17.7% in 2017.


President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance that Ghana was on the right path and that his Government would build a Ghana beyond Aid.


Earlier, in January 2018, the World Bank stated that Ghana’s economy would probably grow by 8.3% this year, which would make it the fastest growing economy in the world.


Last week, Bloomberg described Ghana’s Stock Exchange as the best-performing Stock Exchange in the world for January 2018.


The report illustrated how the Ghana Stock Exchange Composite Index had gained 19% since the start of the year, in dollar terms, ahead of the Nigerian, Chinese and Brazilian Stock Markets.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)