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06.01.2010 Politics

President Mills presents vehicles to security agencies

By GNA
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Accra, Jan. 5, GNA - President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday presented some vehicles to the Ghana Police Service and allied security agencies to enhance security and safety operations.

The vehicles made up of Mahindra 2.5 Scorpio Pick-ups, would also be shared among the Ministry of the Interior, Ghana Prisons Service and the Serious Fraud Office.

President Mills commended the joint security operations of the police and the military that had considerably reduced armed robbery in recent times and urged the security agencies not to rest on their oars to protect life and property.

He underscored the role of effective security in national development and pointed out that the vehicles alone would not satisfy all the needs of the security agencies.

President Mills said government had so far released 106 vehicles within the past year, and more vehicles would be provided for the security agencies.

He noted that the achievements made in crime prevention should not make them complacent but called for hard work in dealing with crime for the people to go about their normal duties without fear.

President Mills advised the security agencies to take good care of the vehicles and maintain them.

Dr. Kwesi Appiah-Kubi, Deputy Minister for the Interior, said internal security had been a major concern, and gave the assurance that government would live up to expectation to resource the security agencies to effectively deal with crime.

Mr. Paul Quaye, Inspector General of Police, pledged the commitment of the police to rid the country of criminals because development could only take place in peace.

He said the police would ensure that there was public order, develop permanent structures, beef up its intelligence gathering and build capacity for enhanced performance.

GNA

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