Ninety-three (93) Narcotics recruits on Friday, March 5, 2021 took the oath of allegiance and secrecy to serve Ghana and its people in the fight against narcotic drugs and related crimes.
The event was the Basic Narcotics Recruits Course 5 which took place at the Naval Training Command, (Navtrac) at Nutekpor near Sogakope.
Mrs. Adelaide ANNO-KUMI, Chief Director for the Ministry of the Interior who was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony, urged the recruits to abide by set down rules and regulations and not to divulge sensitive information to unauthorized persons.
She said the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019) was assented to by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana on May 11, 2020 which grants officers similar powers as the police, granting officer’s permission to use firearms in the discharge of their duties and the power to monitor activities in respect of precursor chemicals.
Mrs. ANNO-KUMI further stated that the Act also charges the expansion of the Commissions operations to all borders and administrative Regions in Ghana adding that new Border offices and Regional offices in the newly created Regions have since been opened and many of the recruits will be posted to these places to further the cause of the Commission.
She stressed that Act 1019 also comes with many improvements to the conditions of service of staff of the Commission, stating that some of which have already been rolled out and others still in the implementation stages.
“To whom much is given, much is expected, a lot is being expected from you, many of which expectations this training has equipped you to meet”, she said.
Awards were presented to deserving recruits.