THE Interior Minister, Mr. Douglas Prosper Bani, has urged for public support towards the provision of decent accommodation facilities for the police.
He lamented that some police personnel lived in uncompleted buildings, offices, garages and dilapidated buildings.
Speaking at special awards and dinner night at the Police Depot, Accra, over the weekend, to honour the Inspector General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor, and six other officers, Mr. Bani said only 50 per cent of personnel lived in police apartments.
The ceremony which was organised by Peace Watch Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) was towards the construction of a two-four storey accommodation facilities at the Tesano Police station for the personnel.
Mr. Bani said though government was doing all it could to improve on the infrastructure facilities of the service it required the support of the private sector through public private partnership to solve the problem.
‘Inadequate office and residential accommodation to house members of the service is one of the key challenges confronting the Ghana Police Service,’ he said
He said, budget constraint affected all the Ministries, Department and Agencies as well as the police service, noting that in 2014 and 2015, police budget allocation for capital development, including infrastructure project was GH¢1000,000 per annum.
In 2016, however, he said, no allocation was made for capital projects adding ‘we welcome all stakeholders on board our determination to improve the accommodation facilities of the Ghana Police Service’.
The minister noted that the constitutional mandate of the service could not be effectively and efficiently delivered without the concerted efforts of every Ghanaian.
He said the service was known beyond borders as disciplined, knowledgeable, experienced, helpful and very reliable institution when it comes to peacekeeping and other duties.
‘It is no wonder, the United Nations keeps on requesting for more Ghanaian police personnel to serve in United Nation’s Mission abroad’, saying their reputation and stellar performance have swelled ‘our pride’.
On the forthcoming elections, the minister called on all not to do anything to mar the peace and stability that the country was enjoying, saying without peace there could not be any meaningful development in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of Peace Watch Ghana, Mrs. Dinah Armah Nyankopa, said the decision to support the police to get decent accommodation had become necessary considering their commitment to national duty.
He said the idea to honour the IGP and his team was to also to appreciate them for their sterling achievement over the years as far as service delivery including security was concerned
Apostle Dr. Dan Markins, an industrialist, who led an appeal for funds towards the project, said there could not be meaningful protection or security if the people who were to provide security was not properly taken care off.
The role of the police, he said, could not be overemphasised, as far as the maintenance of peace, law and order were concerned.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Gas Company, Mr. George Sipa Yankey, expressed gratitude to the NGO for the bold initiative which needed total support and emulation.
The awardees were Mr. John Kudalor, the IGP, Mr. Commissioner of Police (COP) Rose Bio Atinga, Research and Planning, COP Nathan Kofi Boakye, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, Director-General Operations and COP James Oppong Boanu, in charge of Services.
The rest were Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) (Rev) N. Ampah Benin, Director Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau and DCOP Bright Oduro, in charge of Human Resource.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour