By Philip Tengzu,
Wa, (UWR), Jan 22,
GNA – Mr Ambrose Dery, the Minister of the Interior, on Wednesday, interacted
with the security agencies in the Upper West Region as part of his three-day
visit to the region to ascertain their challenges.
The interaction was
also to inform them of government’s interventions in the sector to enable them
Some of the agencies
visited included; the National Peace Council, Ghana Police Service, Ghana
Prison Service and the Ghana National Fire Service and a call on the Regional
Mr Dery said as part
of government’s efforts to enhance the security services in the country, they
introduced two new units in the Ghana police Service – the Air wing and K9
units, which was the first of its kind.
Mr Dery added that
the government was working to improve the welfare of police personnel in the
country as part of efforts to encourage them to be dedicated to their work.
is committed to re-tooling the security agencies to equip them and to take care
of their welfare to have the best security service in the world”, he said.
He urged police
officers to wear the protective clothing including; helmets and bullet proof
jackets whenever they were on duty in order to protect their lives.
Talking on the
security situation in the Upper West Region, the Minister said there were
improvement particularly in the area of armed robbery.
ACP Peter Ndekugri,
the Deputy Upper West Regional Commander of the Ghana Police Service appealed
to the minister to provide the service with two additional vehicles and
motorbikes to enhance their work.
“Robbery on Wa-Sawla
highway was rampant. The introduction of bus escort, creation of check points
at vantage spots and vehicular patrols had helped reduce these criminal
activities on that stretch”, he explained.
He noted that in
2017, 128 cases of armed robbery were recorded in the region, 99 in 2018 and 73
in 2019, but that there was more room for improvement.
ACP Ndekugri also
appealed to the Minister to facilitate the timely completion of the Regional
Police Headquarters, which started in 2014, but had since been stalled.
Mr Dery is also
expected to inaugurate the Sissala West District and the Sissala East Municipal
Assemblies and to visit the border posts in the region.