Interior Minister lauds passage of Vigilante Bill by Parliament

Date: Friday August 9, 2019, 3:10 pm

By: WatchGhana.Com/Mary Gyekyewaa Gyekye

Ambrose Dery

The Minister of Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery has lauded parliament for the passage of the vigilante bill and hoped it would ensure that all forms of vigilantism and its associated groups are disbanded. 

He said there was the need to show commitment to protecting basic human rights and guaranteeing political and economic freedom to unleash the potential of citizens and ensure a prosperous future.
The Minister said the government of Ghana was ready to assist the Ministry of Interior to ensure peace and security so as to promote growth in the country.

Mr Dery said this at the mid-year performance review meeting of the Ministry of the Interior held at Koforidua to review activities for the period of June 2019 to reflect on targets, challenges encountered and how to apply the lessons learnt to improve on performance.

Despite the challenge of limited resources in the sector, the Ministry of Interior achieved tremendous success with the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), the Immigration Service, the Ghana Refugee Board and the Gaming Commission.

The rest included the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weight weapons and the Ghana Prisons Service.
Mr Dery explained that, the GIS had constructed a Drill Square at the GIS Academy, and had also constructed a three storey building of 280 and 221 capacity Girls dormitory and hostel for the training school and the GIS academy at Assin Fosu respectively.

"The letter of credit for the procurement of the hydraulic platform was issued by the Bank of Ghana. The service has organised series of public education nationwide on fire management and prevention, and has trained over 1,300 fire volunteers while 398 recruits from the 2018 recruitment passed out," he said.

Mr Dery said, NABCO provided support to 4, 332 Disaster Victims and had dredged 136 major Disaster prone drains to reduce the impact of flooding, adding, that the National Peace Council organised series of meetings with political parties in the country following the Ayawaso West Wuogon election violence, and charged members to ensure value for money to reduce financial waste in the country.

In her speech, the Chief Director for the Ministry of the Interior, Mrs Adelaide Anno-Kumi entreated the sector to be responsible for ensuring the promotion and protection of human lives as the terrorist landscape was more complex did to growing cadre of experienced, sophisticated and connected terrorist networks could plan and execute terrorist attacks.

"You are encouraged to sensitise and educate the general public to be mindful of their environment and to report any suspicious individuals to the appropriate authorities. You are also encouraged to sensitise citizens on the dangers of radicalism to violence to promote religious tolerance and present as a factor for peace," she said.
Mrs Anno-Kumi encouraged the sector to ensure that targets were met collectively to maintain internal security and peace.

Source: WatchGhana.Com/Mary Gyekyewaa Gyekye

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