A Ghanaian adage translated into English, says: ‘He who does well deserves praise’; in other words, ‘give praise where it is due’!
This is a very important counsel which our ancestors, in their wisdom, have passed on to us.
To give praise not only encourages the person to do more, but also serves as an inspiration to others to aspire to excel.
It is the reason why the Times deems it appropriate to commend the Ghana Police Service for its efforts in the maintenance of peace and security in the country.
Admittedly, there have been lapses in their operations, but the personnel of the service deserve to be extolled for their selfless devotion to duty, despite the numerous challenges confronting them.
The nation has just come out of the Easter celebration and it must be acknowledged it had generally been peaceful, and that could largely be attributed to the visibility of the police everywhere.
Prior to the Easter period, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor, and his top hierarchy, including the Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr Christian Yohunu, had taken it upon themselves to tour parts of the country to assess the situation and sensitise the personnel to their responsibilities.
That action had, no doubt, spurred the personnel on to effectively discharge their duties, as they felt motivated.
The police could be seen everywhere there were large gatherings of people – church conventions, picnics, fun games, durbars, etc.
Their presence in the Kwahu traditional area, which hosted the largest groups of people, ensured the success of the Easter celebrations and the paragliding festival.
It is also worth noting that not much was heard about accidents on the roads, as used to be the case. This, the Times believes, was due to the visibility of personnel of the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Unit on the road.
The nation is very much indebted to the IGP, his very capable commissioners and the entire personnel for the peace we are enjoying.
While commending them for this, we do hope, however, that they would eschew negative acts that had tarnished the image of the service in the past.
Kudos to all our men and women in the black uniform!