Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, Mar 20, GNA –
The Ministry for the Interior is poised to ensuring internal security, a stable
and peaceful environment for sustainable national development.
Mr Ambrose Dery, the
Interior Minister said the Ministry would continue to monitor and evaluate its
policies and regulate programmes relating to the protection of life and
property, disaster prevention and mitigation, immigration, crime control,
prevention and detection, safe custody, reformation and rehabilitation of
will continue to work hard to create the needed secure and peaceful environment
conducive for job creation to meet the expectation of our citizenry,” Mr
Dery stated on Wednesday at the 2018 Annual Review Meeting of the Ministry in
He said it was prudent
for all departments and agencies under the Ministry to take stock of their
performance as a Sector during the period under review.
He said the review
would enable them know their strengths and weaknesses and capitalise on their
strengths to steer the Ministry forward.
“It is gratifying
to note that the implementation of the Sector’s activities for the previous
year has yielded a lot of remarkable results with some of the security agencies
being equipped with some of their critical operational needs, which were not
Mr Dery said the Ghana
National Fire Service for instance, had almost completed the process for the
procurement of two Hydraulic Platforms, which would hopefully be a great stride
in helping to fight fires in high rise buildings.
He said the Government
would ensure that all the agencies under the Ministry got their fair share of
equipment and logistics.
He said the Ministry
would continue to promote policies and programmes which would ensure the
achievement of their mandate of maintaining peace and security in the country.
The Minister said the
monitoring exercises undertaken by the Policy Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring
and Evaluation Directorate (PPBMED) of the Ministry and the recommendations
made with respect to the completion of Construction of 1No 4-Story block of
Flats – Mile 7 Police Station and Construction of Prefab Police Post at Agbogba
resulted in the allocation of funds in the 2019 Budget for the completion of
those projects to enable the Ghana Police Service utilize them.
He said within the
period under review, the National Peace Council was able to strengthen the
capacity of 29 metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs)
in the Brong Ahafo Region in conflict resolution, trained 16 women and 14 youth
in the Northern Region and 22 members of the Alavanyo/Nkonya Insider Peace
Building Committee in conflict management and resolution.
He said the purpose of
the programmes was to equip the people with the skills of resolving and
preventing potential conflicts, hence, improving the performance of the Council
by reducing the occurrences of conflicts as well as maintaining peace and
He said in 2018, the
Ghana National Fire Service managed 4,896 of undesired fires against the 5,928
undesired fires that was recorded in 2017.
He noted that
comparatively, 1,032 fires were reduced in the year 2018; adding that, the
implication was that more lives and properties were saved.
He said this also
underscores the need for intensive public education, which had no doubt played
a major role in the reduced figures.
He said furthermore,
fire safety audit and inspection of premises were carried out at 2,649 premises
as against 2,744 target set for the year.
Mr Dery said the
Service also responded to 715 road traffic rescues and undertook 1,538 public
fire safety awareness programmes to sensitise the public on fire safety
Mrs Adelaide Anno-Kumi,
Chief Director for the Ministry of the Interior said the review meeting would
provide them with the opportunity to discuss the challenges encountered during
the year under review and how best to overcome the challenges that might come
their way during the execution of their plans for the year 2019.
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