The Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery, has urged the people of Western North Region to support the Government to maintain peace and security in the country for development.
He said security is a priority component of development and therefore should not be compromised because without peace and security there cannot be development and free movement of people.
Hon. Ambrose Dery was speaking during a working tour to the Western North Region to familiarise himself with the operation of the Agencies under the Ministry in the region.
They are Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Immigration Service, National Disaster Management Organisation and National Identification Authority.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo’s vision is to ensure that each and every one in Ghana feel safe and that under the President, there has been a paradigm shift in moving the issue of security from the back burner to one of priority status.
The Minister added that peace and security are very paramount in the development of any nation, therefore, Government will continue to ensure that the security services are well trained, retooled and those due promotion are accordingly promoted.
He commend H.E. President Akufo-Addo for the creation of the Western North Region and said It will bring services closer to the people and facilitate their work. He noted that Western Region at the time was so vast and could hamper development since one has to travel far to the regional capital to transact business.
The Minister urged the security services not to be involved in chieftaincy matters but they must ensure that chieftaincy issues does not disturb the peace and security of the country.
Mr Ambrose Dery, who first called on the Western North Regional Minister, Mr Richard Ebbah Obeng, commended him and the Regional Security Council for their good work and said Western North is relatively calm.
He assured the Regional Minister that measures will be put in place to establish Ghana Prisons Service in the region. He said the concerns of the Agencies such as accommodation and logistics will be looked at. He commended the Church of Pentecost for their continuous support in building prison camps across the country.
He disclosed that Government has procured
two helicopters for the Police Service and are being assembled. He said the helicopters will help the service to perform its duties well.
The Minister appealed to chiefs to give lands to the Government for national buildings for the benefit of all.
Hon. Ambrose Dery commissioned a four-storey residential accommodation for the Ghana immigration Service at Dadieso. The Minister will also commission the State Housing Company residential accommodation for Ghana Immigration Service Western North Command.
The Regional Minister thanked Mr Ambrose Dery for the visit. He appealed to the Minister to continue to support the security services so that they can help fight crime and other illegal activities in the region.