Delivering on our promises
The focus of government has been to secure peace and security for all Ghanaians. The government believes that the enforcement of our existing laws by our security agencies, without selectivity, goes a long way to sanitize our nation, assuage the fears of the citizenry and dramatically transform our society. Therefore, the government has been ensuring that all security personnel are properly-trained, properly-resourced, and provided with incentives to enable them discharge professionally their duties and obligations fairly and effectively.
Equipment for Armed Service Personnel
Ghana’s armed service personnel include the army, police, fire service, prisons service and immigration service. They all play different roles that protect the citizenry from diverse forms of threats. The armed service personnel are better able to do their work when they have appropriate and adequate equipment, allowing them to work with better efficiency and good morale. The Nana Addo-led government has over the last three years procured several vehicles for the armed service personnel. The government has procured 676 vehicles for the Ghana Police Service; 194 assorted vehicles for the Ghana Armed Forces; 11 command vehicles and 2 buses for the Ghana Fire Service; and 35 vehicles and 20 motorcycles for the Immigration Service.
National Barracks Regeneration Programme
There has been a perennial housing deficit for the armed personnel of Ghana over the years. Providing the appropriate housing for the armed personnel of Ghana is good for their morale and also enhances speedy deployments in emergencies. The Nana Addo-led administration commissioned the National Barracks Regeneration Programme on July 2017. A 64-unit Duala Barracks has already been commissioned. The government is also constructing 540 of 2-bedroom accommodation, and 11 4-storey blocks of flats in garrisons across the country.
The government has amended LI 1332 for the extension of period of service of personnel of the Other Ranks from the current 25 to 30 years. The additional working years is good for the officers involved and their families while at the same time the nation benefits because experienced service personnel get the opportunity to serve for much longer. The Ghana Armed Forces have the history of distinguishing themselves whenever they take part in international missions. This is a source of pride and raises the image of Ghana in the international circles. The government of Ghana also recognises the effort of service personnel and has accordingly increased the daily United Nations Peacekeeping Troop allowances from US$ 30.00 to US$ 35 per soldier.
Conflict and Disaster Management Programme
The proliferation and misuse of arms poses a very serious threat to the safety of the citizenry. For this reason, the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons collaborated with the selected Municipal and District Assemblies in the Western Region to organize public education and sensitization programmes on the proliferation and misuse of illicit small arms in mining and border communities. There is an on-going initiative to mark weapons of the Ghana Police Service, take stock of arms, collect and destroy seized illicit small arms from Police armouries and exhibit stores. This is to reduce the chances of illicit weapons getting back into circulation and to properly account for arms in the custody of the Police Service.
The National Fire Service is better able to do their jobs when they have stations in several places because that allows them to respondent faster in the event of fires. The National Fire Service commissioned new fire stations in Tema, Nangodi in the Upper East Region and Aburi in the Eastern Region. The National Fire Service now has 200 District Fire Stations across the country. The Service conducted Fire Risk Assessments in 2,143 institutions across the country to ensure fire safety at public premises. It also undertook 6,254 fire safety education in various institutions and communities to sensitise the public on fire safety measures as well as extinguished 3,288 undesired fires as against the 5,955 recorded in 2018.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) continued with its public education and relief response in disasters across the nation. NADMO organized 1,733 Public Education activities nationwide on disaster risk reduction to sensitize the public on hazards and their related issues. NADMO also embarked upon 1,130 field trips to assess emergency situations and hazards prone areas as well as conducted six simulation exercises to build capacity of staff and other stakeholders. The also carried out 1,265 emergency response and rescue missions of disaster victims, undertook flood mitigation measures by dredging 136 major drains and provided counselling to 9,138 disaster victims.
Crime Management Programme
The government has been working with all relevant institutions to minimize incidents of crime particularly, violent crimes, through an increase in frontline Police and intelligence gathering. The Service also improved road, marine safety and traffic management control, increase day and night patrols on major highways, commercial and residential suburbs of cities across the country. In connection to this, the Ghana Police Service increased the deployment of officers on the highways from 3,806 to 6,245 to improve security. The Service also procured two Marine Boats to enhance security on the country’s territorial water borders.
- 676 vehicles procured for the Ghana Police Service
- 194 assorted vehicles procured for the Ghana Armed Forces
- 11 command vehicles and 2 buses procured for the Ghana Fire Service
- 35 vehicles and 20 motor cycles procured for the Immigration Service.
- National Barracks Regeneration Programme has commissioned 64 unit Duala Barracks
- Construction of 540 2-bedroom accommodation, and 11 4-storey blocks of flats in garrisons across the country underway.
- LI 1332 amended for the extension of period of service of personnel of the Other Ranks from the current 25 to 30 years
- United Nations Peacekeeping Troop contribution allowances from US$ 30.00 to US$ 35 per soldier.
- Three new Fire Service Stations commissioned in Tema, Nangodi and Aburi
- 1,733 Public Education activities organised by NADMO. They also carried out 1,265 emergency response and rescue missions and provided counselling to 9,138 disaster victims
- Deployment of Police on highways increased from 3,806 to 6,246