General News of Wednesday, 25 April 2012Source: Joy Online Government has resolved to equip the police administration with the necessary resources to enable it deal with unforeseen incidences that may erupt during the upcoming December polls, says Interior Minister W.K Aboah.
According to him, cabinet and parliament have approved a €50 million French credit facility to supply the service with needed logistics. These, he said, will include 1,110 pick-ups and saloon cars, 100 heavy duty motorbikes, 1,000 walkie talkies, two cabin patrol cutters, four high speed interceptor boats as well as several ballistic vests, protection helmets, bullet-proof vests and ballistic plates.
In addition, the minister said 500 police personnel will undergo a 16-week extensive training in courses related to marine law enforcement to maintain a fully trained maritime personnel at various positions along Ghana’s coastlines “to assist in protecting our shores and oil industry.”
He also assured that problems encountered in connection with the Police Hospital Development Project have been resolved and that work will soon begin at the site.
The minister challenged the police administration to clear accident vehicles from their premises within two months “to beautify the frontage of our police stations” and also urged them to intensify night patrols to halt the activities of armed robbers.
He asked the police not to allow criticisms from society divert their attention from their core duties and desist from fraternizing with political parties.
“Fellow officers, remember the oath you have taken to serve the government of Ghana with all your heart and strength. Stay united, close your ranks to work as a team and not to fall a victim of suspicion of being a pale supporter of a political party…”.
The minister stated that the ministry is committed to supporting the police to raise their image to internationally accepted standards.