PRESIDENT NANA Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated his government’s commitment to fight crime in the country.
The President, in his State of the Nation Address in Parliament yesterday, said his government is ever ready to clamp down on miscreants; “the law enforcement agencies will crack down very hard on all those who would disturb the peace of our nation.”
He disclosed that an initial amount of GH¢800 million has been made available to the Ghana Police Service to procure and supply modern policing equipment and gadgets to enhance the capacity of the police to enforce law and order.
Some of the equipment, he mentioned, are vehicles, motorbikes, and ammunition, and indicated that a successful renegotiation of existing contracts had helped in the purchase of 100 vehicles for the Police.
“In the medium to long-term, we will purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police combat violent and environmental crime.
“The Police Intelligence Unit will also be strengthened. The perennial problems associated with police accommodation will be tackled, and a compensation package introduced to cover officers in their line of duty,” he assured.
Touching on attacks by pro-New Patriotic Party vigilante groups, President Akufo-Addo said “I do not need to repeat that crime wears no political colour, and I am certain that message has gone down to all.”
The President’s assurance comes at a time when there are worrying developments in the country that give the impression that the security agencies are losing the fight against criminals.
The activities of pro-government vigilante groups have given course for worry. Again, the recent attack and killing of a police officer at the Kwabenya Police Station by some armed robbers who freed their colleague in cell also painted a gloomy picture about our security situation.
It is for this reason that the DAILY HERITAGE welcomes the support being given to the Police Service to be more efficient.
We urge all to support the police because fighting crime is a collective responsibility.