Ghana: MP advocates resourcing security agencies

Posted: March 3, 2011 in Crime, Politics, Security
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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Akropong, William Ofori Boafo has appealed to President Mills to adequately resource the security agencies in the country with logistics to enable them perform effectively in their operations.According to him, the public safety stand being at risk if the Ghana Police Service, the Armed Forces, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) and other security agencies are not adequately resourced with equipments.

“It is regrettable to note that so far as the security agencies are concerned, the only notable thing that we can say is the recruitment of additional persons to the services where we had recruitment into the Army, the Ghana Armed Forces, the Police Service and also Immigration Service.”

“Most often we hear the President directing the security agencies to be more combative so far as armed robbery is concerned. But the question is what next? It is clear that so far as the directive is concerned, not enough is done to enable them to be in a proper position to affect the command from the Commander in Chief. They need to be adequately resourced,” noted Mr. Boafo in his contribution to the President message on the State of the Nation yesterday in Accra.

President Mills in his message on the State of the Nation delivered in Parliament on February 17, 2011, noted among other things that his government will continue to strengthen the human and logistic base of the security agencies for them to protect lives and property which will continue to go a long way to increase the appetite for Ghana as a preferred investment destination.

But Mr. Boafo in his assessment of the President’s message in relation to the resource base of the security agencies need much to be desired.

Deteriorating vehicles

To buttress his argument, the former Deputy Minister of Defense said vehicles supplied to the Ghana Police Service between 2005-2007 have started “showing signs of deteriorating” and was afraid that “there hasn’t been any appreciable replacement.”

He said the government should pay attention to the safety and security of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces in their joint operations by providing them with more Nissan armoured vehicles.

This, he said will enable them combat effectively with the armed robbers since the few at their disposal place them at risk.

Shortage of fuel at depots

One sad note he observed was the shortage of fuel at the various Police depots across the country, a situation he said was bad for the security services.

“With the Ghana Police Service, with authority, one can say that they face fuel shortage in the various depots across the country. The commanders at times, provide their own resources to enable them move the vehicles from the various depots for operations. This is not good so far as our security services are concerned,” he said.

According to him, the shortage of fuel in the Police Service is unprecedented since the days of former President Kwame Nkrumah (deceased) and therefore pleaded with President Mills to address the problem.

That notwithstanding, he pleaded with the President to take cognizance of the poor communication equipment level at the Police Service and help to improve it, saying “It will help them to communicate with each other at remote places and ensure efficient operation.”

Welfare packages

Mr. Boafo also called President Mills to pay attention to and implement the resettlement packages of the Ghana Armed Forces since they cannot undertake another job whilst in office.

“We need this for the Armed Forces because, they are the people who cannot undertake double jobs like some of us in Parliament who are professionals, who Mr. Speaker, at times, grant us permission to pursue our profession.”

“They can only pursue their profession because they are on duty for twenty hours.  And they cannot have any additional income apart from what they earn as members of the Ghana Armed Forces. It is necessary for the government to ensure that a nice welfare package is equally provided to them,” he said in a perky voice.

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