|Meet The Press Statement Of The Ministry Of The Interior Presented By Hon. Martin A.B.K Amidu, Minister For The Interior On 30th November, 2010|
|Wednesday, 01 December 2010 08:38|
CHAIRMAN AND HON. MINISTER FOR INFORMATION
It is my pleasure to be here this morning to take my turn in the “Meet-the-Press” series, a programme which is designed to bring Government to the door steps of the governed.It is my hope that at the end of my presentation and subsequent questions and answers session, Ghanaians, both far and near will be better informed about the work that the Ministry of the Interior and its Agencies perform.
The Ministry of the Interior is the national institution mandated to ensure the maintenance of internal security in the country for a safe and secure environment to exist for socio-economic activities to thrive.
The main functions of the Ministry and its Agencies include the formulation of policy and strategic planning relating to the protection of life and property, the maintenance of law and order, crime prevention and detection, ensuring safe custody and reformation of prisoners, preventing and mitigating the effects of disasters, immigration control, management of narcotic drugs, and refugees.
The mandate of the Sector is implemented through its departments and agencies, namely, the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Ghana Immigration Service [GIS], National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Narcotics Control Board [NACOB], Gaming Commission, Ghana National Commission on Small Arms, Ghana Refugee Board, National Peace Council, and Migration Unit. These institutions ensure the achievement of their mandate of providing a safe, secure socio-economic and political environment for the development of our country. It is also hoped that Ghanaians will come to terms with the challenges and lessons that the Ministry and its Agencies have to grapple with and the strategies that we have developed to ensure the delivery of targets set in the Government’s “Better Ghana Agenda” within the 4-year mandate, with particular reference to the maintenance of internal security.
FIVE -YEAR STRATEGIC NATIONAL POLICING PLAN
The Police Administration developed a five-year Strategic National Policing Plan, which seeks to set targets and goals for the service and prescribe the conduct of personnel for the next five years aimed at:-
MARINE POLICE UNIT AND SECURITY PLAN FOR OIL AND GAS
The Police Administration in furtherance of its commitment to providing security for the oil and gas exploration has put in place a Security Plan to deal with issues that may arise. It is further establishing a Marine Police Unit and extending Police structures and facilities in remote areas within the oil and gas zone in the Western Region to cater for any associated security issues.
ACHIEVING PROFESSIONALISM, POLICE RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Police Administration in its efforts to ensure discipline within the Service has come out with the Police Handbook and Code of Ethics to equip personnel with the requisite knowledge and skill to perform their duties as a way of enhancing professionalism. The Administration also revised all the various Police Regulations and codified them into a single document, for the attention of Government.
IMAGE CLEANSING CAMPAIGN
The Police Administration has launched an ‘Image Cleansing’ campaign with robust strategies to purge the service of all misfits and miscreants. This is aimed at eliciting the confidence of the public for effective crime combat and maintenance of law and order in general.
Community Policing concept is being given a deeper consideration and implementation. In this direction, preparations are underway to launch a massive educational campaign to explain the concept to the public, and to solicit their support in the exercise. This is in recognition of the role the public play in contemporary policing and fighting crime.
Another innovation introduced by the Police Administration is the Tent City concept. The Police are now identifying vulnerable communities, which do not have Police Stations, and putting up tents and posting personnel there to provide security for those communities. Already the concept has received popular support, and is making a positive impact.
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND INTERACTION
The Police Administration in its efforts to improve its relations with the public has restructured the Public Affairs Directorate, which serves as the pivot on which Police-Public information and interaction revolve.
The Criminal Investigation Department [CID] also benefited from some positive changes such as :-
Statistics on the major crimes showed decreases in rates of commission between January and October, 2010 as compared to January to October, 2009. Cases of narcotics and rape recorded decreases of 43.9% and 18% respectively, while robbery incidents went down by 1.8%. Robbery statistics showed significant decreases in most regions including Accra, Tema and Eastern Regions. However, Ashanti, Northern and Upper West Regions recorded increases in the menace. As regards the type of robbery committed, street, residential and workplace robbery decreased by 12.5%, 15.1% and 19.4% respectively. Nevertheless, car hijacking and highway robberies increased by 31.3% and 9.3% respectively.
GHANA PRISONS SERVICE
Procurement of Industrial Machines
The Government, in collaboration with some NGOs and other stakeholders procured Industrial Sewing Machines and Vulcanizing Machines among others to help in training inmates towards achieving the objective of reformation to enhance their smooth reintegration into society.
Decongestion of Prisons
The Government having taken cognisance of the overcrowding in our prisons, has in collaboration with the Judiciary, Attorney General’s Department, UNDP and other relevant stakeholders, taken steps through the ‘Justice for All’ programme to ensure the trial of Remand Prisoners who have been detained for a period of four years and above without attending court. In 2010, 178 cases were handled with 137 remand prisoners being discharged, 27 granted bail, and 17 sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.
It is also worth mentioning that an ultra- modern Maximum Security Prison with a capacity of housing 2,000 inmates is under construction at Ankaful in the Central Region. The project is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2010 and will accommodate high profile prisoners serving long sentences and ensure proper classification of prisoners in the prisons throughout the country.
PRISONER REFORM PROGRAMMES
Prisoner Reform Programmes are very crucial to the operations of correctional institutions including the Ghana Prisons Service. The Service performs its reformation programmes through:-
Prison Industry (PI) is fashioned into the operations of the Prison Service with the prime objective of imparting skills to convicted prisoners. Through Prison Industry, inmates have been equipped with vocational and technical skills that have afforded them the opportunity of making a living for themselves upon their release.
Trade training workshops have been set up in all central prisons and some of the local prisons where the inmates learn various trades
Agriculture is one of the major activities of the Ghana Prison Service. Over the years agricultural activities have been stepped up in an effort to reduce Government spending on the feeding of inmates. In engaging in these activities, the Service makes use of prison labour and in the process instructs the inmates on modern practices in crop, poultry and animal farming. The agricultural drive is supported by twenty one  prison stations manned by dedicated officers.
Prison Service has drafted a comprehensive proposal to run formal, non-formal and vocational education for inmates to enhance their opportunities of securing jobs after release from lawful custody. It provides libraries and training facilities for prisoners. In this vein, libraries have been established in some prisons where the inmates have the opportunity to refresh their minds during their stay in the prison. Currently, PSI-Distance Learning Open Schooling Study Centres have been inaugurated in Kumasi, Tamale, Wa and Ankaful prisons respectively. The Senior Correctional Centre has started the non - formal educational programme to give literacy and numeracy skills to illiterate inmates.
The UNDP, in collaboration with religious partners like the Prisons Ministry of Ghana and local agencies like the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), are establishing ICT centres in some selected prison establishments in the country to improve on data collection, management and information distribution within the Service. They will also help to bring ICT to the doorsteps of inmates and officers by training them to acquire the necessary skills. A number of laptop and desktop computers have been supplied to the centres which are in operation at Nsawam Medium Security Prison and the Prison Officers Training School (POTS).
The Prisons Service engaged a number of professional Counsellors who counsel inmates to help them reshape their conscience towards reformation. In order to achieve this objective, the Counsellors engage prisoners in individual as well as group counselling alongside what is delivered by the Chaplaincy Unit.
Ghana Prisons Service is moving away from the traditional notion of the prison as a place where deviants are warehoused. In furtherance of that it has engaged Psychologists, Counsellors and Chaplains who provide counselling and therapeutic services for the inmates. Some of the areas covered include Sexual Offences, Anger Management and Coping Skills. The over-riding aim here is that the offender departs completely from further criminality; get him to acquire skills and prepare him while in prison for proper social integration and working life so as to eventually ensure his independence and reintegration into society.
GHANA NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE [GNFS]
Operation Soul-saving (Rescue Operations)
The year 2010 has witnessed phenomenal attention to saving lives through Road Traffic Collision (Accident) Rescue Operations. The Ghana National Fire Service dedicated two (2) Rapid Intervention Vehicles positioned along the Accra-Tema Motorway, for rescuing and saving lives of entrapped victims in accidents. The Ghana National Fire Service, from 12th June, 2010 to 29th September, 2010, attended to 47 accident cases along the Accra-Tema Motorway corridor. The number of casualties rescued was 46, with 4 fatalities,
International Assessment in Road Traffic Collision Extrication [RTCE]
Throughout Africa, in terms of Road Traffic Collision Extrication (Road Traffic Accident Rescue Operations), South Africa and Ghana are the only two African countries that have measured up to international assessment and therefore represent Africa in the World Extrication Challenge organized by the World Rescue Organization, U.K. Ghana has, for instance, participated in two World competitions in World Road Traffic Collision Rescue Operations in South Wales, U.K in 2008 and Frankfurt, Germany in 2009.
Intensification of Public Fire Safety Education in Markets/ Lorry Parks
The Ghana National Fire Service made coverage of over 25 Markets and Lorry Parks, within four months in Accra, in terms of public fire safety education and Fire safety audits.
Fire Safety Audits in Public Buildings
As a result of the recent spate of fires in public buildings, the Ghana National Fire Service has intensified its Fire Risk assessment conducted in public buildings. The Service has within a period of two (2) months, visited and conducted Fire Safety Audits in over thirty  public premises, including many Ministries.
Mass Media Public Education
Mass media public education has been more than doubled compared to that of 2009. Approximately there has been about 136% increase in Mass media public education.
Dedicated Vehicles for Fire Hydrant Monitoring/ Public Education
The Service since 2010 has started devoting some Pick-up Vehicles for the purposes of Fire Hydrant Inspection and Public Fire Safety Education.
Fire Safety/ Clubs in Schools
St. Augustine and Ghana National Senior High School in Cape Coast and Akosombo International School in Akosombo as well as Crown Prince Academy in Kwashieman, Accra benefited from Ghana National Fire Service Cadet formation in schools in 2010, as well as on-going fire safety education. Efforts are ongoing to revive and sustain Fire Safety Clubs in schools.
Investing in Human Resource
In line with Government policy, the Ghana National Fire Service has been able to intensify its efforts, by training two batches of Officer Cadets in 2010. The course content was enriched with GIMPA’s Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration. Additionally, Training Officers from the U.K came to Ghana to handle a training programme for some selected officers in September, 2010.
Fire Outbreak Attendance
Notwithstanding the challenges facing the Ghana National Fire Service, it has been commended by some corporate bodies for having arrived on time at fire grounds and for having discharged its duties professionally, thereby saving commercial investments and property. Letters of commendation were received from Latex Foam Company, Zenith University College, Ghana Lotteries, NCCE/Electoral Commission, Government Secretarial School, and Koala Super Market, to mention but a few.
Statistics on fire incidents
Statistically, in 2009, the Fire Service responded to a total of 2,708 fire outbreaks, and attended to 409 Rescue Operations in Road Traffic Accidents. Statistics for January to May 2010 indicates that the Ghana National Fire Service has attended to a total of 1,359 fire outbreaks, with cost of damage estimated at GH¢7,912,402.00. The number of Road Traffic Accident Cases attended to stood at 170, with 506 people injured and 57 fatalities.
GIS has developed a strategic plan for the next four years with the support of the British High Commission and PA Consulting Services Ltd. The plan is almost completed and is expected to be launched by the end of 2010.
COLLECTION OF INTERNALLY-GENERATED FUNDS [IGF]
It is important to also note that apart from its security role, the GIS collects revenue on behalf of Government. As at August 2010 it had collected GHC8,584,413.00 thereby exceeding its projected 2010 annual target of GHC8,528,951.00 by GHC55.462.00. It is clear that by the end of 2010 it will exceed its target significantly.
DOCUMENT FRAUD EXPERTISE CENTRE
A Document Fraud Expertise Centre was established with the support of three EU Missions in Ghana; The British High Commission, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, and the Spanish Embassy under the Aeneas programme of Countering Document Fraud in Ghana. The project provides funds and technical support towards the eradication of document and identity fraud, and illegal migration in Ghana.
The Programme’s implementation was led by the Ghana Immigration Service in collaboration with the Criminal Investigation Department [CID] of Ghana Police, the Passport Office, the Births and Deaths Registry, and the Marriages Registry of the Registrar Generals Department.
GIS has introduced an Entry Visa Automated System (EV Manager) directed at enhancing the operational efficiency of issuing emergency entry visa/visa on arrival and mitigating the difficulties of the old manual system. This system has reduced the workload and processing time drastically. It is also able to capture detailed information on applicants as well as quick detection of fraud.
In view of the emerging demands on and responsibilities of GIS as well as the lack of space in the old Office structure, the need to put up a new Headquarters building has become imperative. A Consultant has been engaged to work on the design for the proposed new ultra modern 6- storey office complex. Construction will begin as soon as this phase is completed.
Work on the Office accommodation at Namoo, Zebilla and Sogakope have been completed while construction works on six (6) 2-bedroom flats at Menuso is 60% complete and that of Gonokrom is 55% completed. Renovation works are on-going on a 16 block facility at Wonjuga, six (6) Chamber and Hall facility at Half Assini, and two (2) bedroom residential accommodation at Kotoka International Airport Barracks.
The Service has also acquired five (5) 3-bedroom flats at Ayigya in Kumasi and a 2-bedroom low cost housing unit at Ashanti-Mampong. Moreover, ten (10) plots of land have been acquired at Obuasi.
HUMAN RESOURCES/CAPACITY BUILDING
The Ghana Immigration Service has this year increased its staff strength by one hundred (100) junior officers and forty (40) senior officers.
Under the project arrangement, the Ghana Immigration Service will focus on training and capacity building for Liberia Immigration personnel at the Ghana Immigration Service Academy and Training School (GISATS). Two batches of 50 Liberian Immigration Officers have already been trained.
NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION [NADMO]
NADMO chalked some achievements in the spheres of training, human resource development, awareness creation in various types of hazards; social mobilization, capacity building, strengthening of international cooperation, launch and inauguration of the National and Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, emergency response, relief operations, and refugee/returnee administration.
NADMO hosted a one-day workshop on Emergency Preparedness for senior personnel of Agencies and services responsible for Disaster Management towards the establishment of a Sub-Regional International Centre for Emergency Technologies (ICET) or the Pre-Hospital Phase for West Africa in Ghana. The project has been supported by the Dutch Government.
In line with the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, which seeks to advocate for Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters, NADMO launched and inaugurated a National Platform and seven (7) Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. These regions are the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Western and the Central Regions. Platform members worked hand in hand with the Technical Advisory Committees. They provide relevant technical advice and programme implementation support to NADMO.
The National hydro-meteorological Technical Committee and the National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation undertook assessment of all flood-prone areas countrywide, and identified the causes of flooding. The identified causes were: defective engineering works; building on waterways; changes in land use due to urbanization; poor land administration and planning, poor sanitation and lack of drain maintenance; obstructive activities by utility agencies; tidal influence of the sea; and inadequate funding for flood mitigation measures.
A national clean-up campaign was launched by NADMO, under the auspices of the Office of the President on 8th May 2010. The campaign was also launched simultaneously in all the regions to clean our environment and desilt choked drains and culverts to ensure free flow of rain water to prevent and mitigate the effects of flooding. The exercise helped to prevent flooding in some popular flood-prone areas in Accra such as Mataheko, Asylum Down, Alajo, Gbawe, Sakaman, Kaneshie Firstlight etc.
Assorted food and non-food relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction items worth Twenty Million, Eight Hundred and ninety-six thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢20,896,000.00) were stock-piled for timely and effective response to disasters. Some of these items were distributed to the regions and districts as part of their strategic stock.
NADMO, with the support of its collaborating agencies and the Technical Advisory Committees, undertook nation-wide public education and created awareness through radio and television discussions, community outreaches, and conferences on the Pandemic Influenza, H1N1, bush
NADMO trained three hundred and eighty-eight (388) of its own personnel in disaster management and related subjects. NADMO, with the support of UNDP organized seminars for identifiable women groups in Gender Responsiveness in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in all ten (10) regions. Between April and June, 2010, orientation courses in disaster management and general administration were organized for one hundred and fifty (150) District Coordinators, senior staff from NADMO National Headquarters as well as the Regional Coordinators and their operation officers, with both technical and financial support by the UNDP, UNFPA and OCHA.
NADMO continued to monitor the situation at the Budumburam and the Krisan/Sanzule Refugee Camps. Assessment visits were made to both refugee camps to learn at first hand the present situation and also to encourage the refugees to return to their home countries. In the case of returnees, one hundred and sixty (160) Ghanaians deported from Libya during the second quarter of the year, were received and dispatched to their homes.
Illicit Drug Trafficking Situation
Drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking is a major threat to the socio- political and economic development of any country. Ghana was certainly one of the most active cocaine and heroin trans-shipment points in West Africa. This posed a real threat to the stability and security of the state.
Drug abuse had ceased to be an urbanization issue but was a nation-wide canker eating deeper and deeper into the fabric of our society. Drug consumption had become so rampant even in a lot of rural communities, and in almost all educational institutions in Ghana, from tertiary to Junior High Schools. This trend always impacted dramatically and negatively on the nation by increases in crimes, including highway robbery, fatal accidents, erosion of values and degradation of the entire society.
SEIZURES AND ARRESTS
Within the past one year seizures and arrests of drug traffickers entering Ghana and those going outside from Ghana have gone down substantially. This can be attributed to the fact that counter narcotic activities have been intensified at most entry and exist points at the Airport and other borders of the country. NACOB duty points at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) have been restructured to ensure effective and efficient operations. Drug trafficking is efficiently and effectively being controlled and this underscores the Government’s commitment to fight illicit drug trafficking in Ghana.
Cannabis which is locally produced in almost every region of the country is the most trafficked and most abused illicit drug in Ghana because of its availability and comparatively low cost. Recent seizures indicated that the dry leaves are normally compressed into brick size slabs, sealed in polythene for export. Others are also concealed in artifacts, foodstuffs and woodcarvings. UK and Holland have continually been identified as the export destinations for cannabis exported from Ghana.
A number of South American countries are identified source countries of cocaine that pass through Ghana in transit. In most of the arrests made, cocaine exported from Ghana is concealed internally i.e. by swallowing and in some case concealed in foodstuffs as indicated here-under:-
• On 15th May, 2009, MV Mearsk NOLANVILLE docked at Tema Port. One container among the others contained 1,880 cartons of chewing gum. This container was tagged by the personnel of the Joint Port Control Unit (JPCU), subsequently scanned and found with two (2) carrier bags containing sixty-one (61) slabs of cocaine were found on the cargo of which one Augustina ABU, a Ghanaian was the consignee. Six (6) people including the importer Augustina ABU were arraigned before Court but were acquitted and discharged. On 7th December, 2009, the sixty-one (61) slabs of cocaine, which were exhibits in the case, were destroyed by burning on the orders of the Court after they had been tendered in evidence.
• On 8th September, 2009, Ibrahim Sima, the Chief Executive of Exopa Modeling Company, holding Ghanaian, German and Togolese passports was arrested at the Kotoka International Airport with four (4) tubers of fresh yam. The four tubers of the yams were stuffed with total of 4,943.6g of cocaine with which he was to travel to Germany on board Lufthansa.
Iran and Afghanistan have been identified as the source country of heroin that passes through Ghana in transit. Modes of concealment identified are metal blocks (engine cylinder/gear box) and threads (tissues) as indicated here-under:-
• On 4th March 2010, Narcotic Control Officers at the Aviance Cargo Section of the Kotoka International Airport tagged a cargo of eight (8) boxes of lathe motor like metal blocks imported from Tehran under the guise of Hyundai gear boxes.
• On 5th March 2010, a twenty-eight (28) year old Nigerian national, Mmerika ENOCK residing in Ghana was arrested when she identified and attempted to clear the goods at the Aviance Cargo village. She claimed they were spare parts. One of the metals was cut open in her presence and found to contain quantity of substance suspected to be narcotic drug. All the eight metals were found to contain 10 kg each of heroin. Investigations revealed that between December 2008 and March 2010 suspect had imported sixty-nine (69) of such metals, each containing ten (10) kilograms of heroin thus totaling 690kg. This case is still pending at the courts.
Seizure of Precursor Chemicals
The influx of psychotropic substances is another area of great concern. Some of these precursor chemicals like ephedrine are genuinely imported for pharmaceutical purposes. However, there is always the tendency of diverting these chemicals into the production of illicit drugs. This can spring up clandestine laboratories if these precursor chemicals are not controlled. In April 2010 the UN Secretary General issued a Note Verbal to the Narcotics Control Board of Ghana authorizing the Board to control and monitor the importation and re-exportation of Precursor chemicals and Psychotropic Substances imported into Ghana in order to minimize, if not prevent, the diversion of these chemicals into production of illicit drugs
The Narcotics Control Board has intensified its operations at the country’s entry points. In January 2010, the American Government donated a body scanner to the Government of Ghana through the Narcotics Control Board. This has enhanced the operations of the Narcotics Control Board at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
The Joint Port Control Unit (commonly referred to as container Project) is a response by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to the threat posed by the use of containerized cargo shipment. This initiative is to assist the developing countries to improve upon their law enforcement capacities and container control at the harbour.
The Container Project is a Joint Port Control Unit comprising officers from the Narcotics Control Board, Ghana Police Service, Customs, Exercise and Preventive Service, Bureau of National Investigations and the Port Authorities.
Alternative Development Programmes (ADP):
As a way of minimizing the availability of cannabis, the Narcotics Control Board introduced the Alternative Development Programme (ADP) to persuade cannabis growers to go into the cultivation of food crops or undertake other economic ventures. Over one hundred and ninety (190) farmers were persuaded. Subsequent to that the Board has decided to make ADP a priority in its National Operational Strategic Plan.
Public Sensitization and Education Programmes
In its efforts to reduce the demand of illicit drugs, the Board has intensified public sensitization throughout the country on radio and television stations. The Education Department of the Narcotics Control Board is embarking on preventive drug education and sensitization programmes focusing mostly on first and second cycle schools who are more vulnerable, Faith-based Organizations, Labour Organizations and other Commercial and Industrial organizations.
This is aimed at counseling and encouraging addicts and their families to seek treatment at appropriate centers, where after overcoming the addiction such addicts would go through a process for rehabilitation and re-integration into the society.
In February, 2006, Cabinet gave the approval for the establishment of the Migration Unit under the Ministry of the Interior to coordinate the activities of all governmental institutions whose activities affect or are affected by migration and to better integrate migration into the national developmental framework.
GNACSA developed a 4-year National Action Plan that seeks to address the SALW issues and challenges along five thematic areas namely [i] Harmonization of our laws (Legal Review); [ii] Public Education and Awareness raising; [iii] Border Control and Management; [iv] Stockpile Management; and [v] Alternative Livelihood for Local Manufacturers.
GHANA’S COMMITMENT TO REGIONAL PROGRAMMES AND INITIATIVES ON SMALL ARMS CONTROL:
GNACSA participated in National, Regional and Global initiatives in capacity building, information sharing and exchange, regional planning and review meetings on small arms control.
Fighting small arms proliferation is a transnational issue. It is based on this recognition that Government ratified the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the UN Convention on Cluster Munitions in March and August, 2010 respectively.
The National Peace Council (NPC) was set up administratively in August 2006 as part of the Government of Ghana’s national infrastructure for peace-building, known as the “National Architecture for Peace”. The national architecture provides for conflict management and capacity building to be infused into national development strategies in a pre-emptive manner in order to develop the optimum environment for non-violent resolution of conflicts, collaborative problem-solving and tolerance building. The National Peace Council Bill has been gazetted to be laid before Parliament for deliberation and passage into law.
The NPC members were appointed by Government and are drawn from varied institutions such as Academia, Religious/Faith groups, Business Community and Traditional Rulers. They are renowned and respected Ghanaians of distinction who are independent, non-partisan and impartial in the discharge of their duties. There are presently eleven members on the Council with Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson as the Chairman.
The mission statement of the Council is to foster national cohesion through peace-building and to provide mechanisms through which Ghanaians can seek peaceful, non-violent resolution of conflicts in the country
The achievements of National Peace Council included the following:-
The Gaming Commission of Ghana is established by the Gaming Act 2006 (Act 721) to regulate, control, monitor and supervise the operation of games of chance in the Country.
The Gaming Commission has been able to educate the public to an extent that almost every company which is involved in any promotion that has an element of game of chance know that they have to come to the commission for a permit before they can engage in their promotion. The doubt surrounding prizes won in promotions with elements of Game of Chance by the public is also fading away gradually.
The duties of Ghana Refugee Board include the following:-
• Asylum seekers were registered and Legal Protection was provided for them;
CHALLENGES CONFRONTING THE SECTOR
• Inadequate and late release of funds
GHANA POLICE SERVICE
• Inadequate operational vehicles, protective armour, communication and office equipment
GHANA PRISONS SERVICE
• Inadequate funding for the general upkeep of inmates;
GHANA NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE
• Inadequate Fire Stations
• Inadequate budgetary allocation;
• Inadequate vehicles for Migration Unit
The major problem now is the spate of consumption or abuse of drugs, especially among the youth and students filtering down from tertiary to first cycle institutions in the country.
• Financial constraints, lack of material and logistical support, lack of office accommodation for the Commission, inadequate training of staff of the commission in the area of gaming;
• Lack of permanent office accommodation;
• Regularize the activities of Private Security Organizations through having a good database on them and better monitoring;
• To further reduce crime levels in the area of domestic burglaries, violent crimes through development and rigorous implementation of effective Patrol strategies;
GHANA NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE [GNFS]
Two loan facilities have successfully been sourced from the Exim Bank of India and Exim Bank
GHANA IMMIGRATION SERVICE [GIS]
The GIS in the near future intends to implement its strategic objectives as spelt out in its four year strategic plan.
The Service will also open more district offices for the purposes of enforcement and passport processing. Currently the Takoradi office has been elevated to the status of a major command in view of its strategic location.
Furthermore, the GIS is to benefit from a $3.5million Government agreement to implement the e-immigration programme under the e-Ghana project. It is expected that GIS operations would be fully automated when the programme is completed.
NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION [NADMO]
• Employment of Disaster Risk Reduction activities such as improving NADMO mode of preparedness, through the use of Early Warning Systems;
NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD
• Construction of Rehabilitation Centres
• Developing a Migration policy to effectively manage migration in Ghana
The Council will continue to pursue the following five critical strategies to achieve its objectives:-
Let me urge all Ghanaians, especially the media, to collaborate effectively with the Security Agencies and the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms [GNACSA] in controlling the small arms situation in the country. This is to ensure that the socio-economic development of the country is not disrupted by armed conflicts, robberies and other armed -related crimes.