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A SECURED, POPULATION A POSSIBILITY UNDER THE

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ANABA ROY
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2008-11-10 07:34:13


The security of a nation?s population is very paramount and is of top priority to the government in power. The government?s role is to ensure the safety and provide protection for all citizens irrespective of their social status. Conversely, this is the situation in Ghana. The security forces comprising; Armed forces, CEPS, Police, Fire services, Prison and Immigration either through negligence or inadequate facilities blatantly endanger the lives of useful Ghanaians and in some cases lack of orientation to a particular profession so that the code of ethics of such a profession are clearly outlined can also put the lives of many at risk. Many instances attest to these showcases of mediocrity on the part of the NPP government. The TAIFA shooting showed how ineffective our police force is in crowd control where police instead of providing protection for people rather sent innocent Ghanaians to their early graves. As if that was enough Ghanaians awoke to the shockening news that police attacked demonstrating drivers at Ashaiman which led to the death of an innocent boy. The impudence with which the police handled simple cases of harmless demonstrators clearly showed the NPP;S lackadaisical approach to the security concerns of Ghanaians. Causes of this predicament are not farfetched; Accommodation and other conditions of service of security officers are so worn out and dilapidated that officers live under the constant fear of buildings caving in and destroying their families and property. Accommodation for officers are inadequate and the few existing ones having been built years back have not have any facelift. A PNC government will ensure that existing conditions of services are modified to suit the unique set of circumstances of the security agencies. A systematic programme shall embarked upon by the PNC to rehabilitate and equip old and poorly designed buildings in which the officers operate.

The security of a nation?s population is very paramount and is of top priority to the government in power. The government?s role is to ensure the safety and provide protection for all citizens irrespective of their social status. Conversely, this is the situation in Ghana. The security forces comprising; Armed forces, CEPS, Police, Fire services, Prison and Immigration either through negligence or inadequate facilities blatantly endanger the lives of useful Ghanaians and in some cases lack of orientation to a particular profession so that the code of ethics of such a profession are clearly outlined can also put the lives of many at risk. Many instances attest to these showcases of mediocrity on the part of the NPP government. The TAIFA shooting showed how ineffective our police force is in crowd control where police instead of providing protection for people rather sent innocent Ghanaians to their early graves. As if that was enough Ghanaians awoke to the shockening news that police attacked demonstrating drivers at Ashaiman which led to the death of an innocent boy. The impudence with which the police handled simple cases of harmless demonstrators clearly showed the NPP;S lackadaisical approach to the security concerns of Ghanaians. Causes of this predicament are not farfetched; Accommodation and other conditions of service of security officers are so worn out and dilapidated that officers live under the constant fear of buildings caving in and destroying their families and property. Accommodation for officers are inadequate and the few existing ones having been built years back have not have any facelift. A PNC government will ensure that existing conditions of services are modified to suit the unique set of circumstances of the security agencies. A systematic programme shall embarked upon by the PNC to rehabilitate and equip old and poorly designed buildings in which the officers operate.
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