The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), yesterday presented office equipment to the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) to enhance its operations.
The items, worth Gh¢151,546 included 50 pieces of high-tech desktop computers, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), 40 Android phones, 10 Hewlett Packard (HP) scanners and two HP servers.
The donations formed part of the GIFEC’s drive to equip all state institutions with modern computer equipment to enhance their performance.
Presenting the items to the NACOB in Accra, Administrator of the GIFEC, Mr. Kobby Acheampong, said the gesture was in response to an appeal made by the board to his outfit to help it deal with the drug menace.
Mr. Acheampong, a former deputy interior minister and a member of the NACOB board, said the GIFEC had to respond to the request of the board urgently in accordance with its mandate, knowing how critical the equipment would help the board in its operation.
“As a former board member and a deputy-interior minister, I know what the situations are at NACOB in terms of logistics and as we make all the efforts to equip them, it can only enhance their operations,” he said.
Mr. Acheampong described the NACOB as “a very critical state institution with a very important mandate” to ensure the environment was free from illicit drugs, hence the need to create a conducive working environment for their purpose of existence to be achieved.
He tasked the management and staff of the board to take proper care of the machines for them to meet their lifespans and pledged of his firm’s readiness to come to the aid of the NACOB anytime the GIFEC was called upon.
The Executive Secretary of the NACOB, Mr. Yaw Akrasi-Sarpong, receiving the items, expressed his outfit’s appreciation to the GIFEC for responding to their appeal.
He said the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the fight against drugs could not be overlooked in a world which kept evolving on daily basis.
“It is very critical to our operations and we know it will go a long way to improve our performance,” Mr. Akrasi Sarpong said, adding that some regional offices would benefit from the gesture.
He said, when workers work in an environment where the equipment needed for the job were not available, morale and commitment to hard work was likely to be affected, and believed that the items “will boost morale” among workers for the fulfillment of their mandate.
He assured that the items will be kept and put into proper use to attain the vision of the NACOB which included, reducing drug supply in the country, prevent demand, play its surveillance role, arrest and punish offenders and rehabilitating victims of drug abuse.
By Julius Yao Petetsi & Hafida Benaouda