The Chief Director of the Ministry of the Interior, Mrs. Adelaide Annor Kumi said this during the quarterly Thanksgiving Service of the GNFS in Accra on the theme ‘Ensuring fire safety and God’s guidance for peaceful elections’.
Mrs. Kumi said as a statutory body mandated to manage undesired fires, personnel should ensure that unwarranted fires were avoided.
“Some hooligans may set fire in order to achieve their selfish ambitions, and it is in this direction that I urge you to be extra vigilant and always be alert to ensure that the acts are thwarted”, Mrs. Kumi stated.
She urged personnel to exhibit high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties during the elections.
Mrs. Kumi said personnel should eschew any sense of bias before, during and after the elections to avoid a situation where they would become the source of conflict.
The Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, urged the personnel to give out their best in all that they do, saying the service had been applauded across the world for its dedication to duty.
“We must continue with the educational campaign and ensure that we win the confidence of the public,” he stressed.
He said the Fire Service Council had approved the promotion of superior Officers to the ranks of Deputy and Assistant Chief Fire Officers among others.
Dr. Gaisie said as an institution, the GNFS was concerned about the personnel’s welfare and would do its best to support them in capacity building.
A retired Bishop of the Methodist Church, Right Reverend Bishop Samuel Kwame Hodasi, in a sermon, urged Ghanaians to be peaceful during and after the elections.
“We must all be agents of peace and ensure that our beloved country is protected at all times.
He urged political parties to work for the good of the country.
The Greater Accra Regional Fire Commander, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, (DCFO) Ebenezer Simpson, urged the public to make fire safety their priority to protect the human resource and the economy.
As part of the occasion prayers were said for the leadership of the country, peaceful elections, the Chief Fire Officer, personnel and other security services.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi