The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated the government’s preparedness to adequately resource the various security agencies to clamp down on the activities of criminals, especially armed robbers, in the country.
It follows the sudden rise in crime, especially in the capital, Accra in recent times, which has claimed innocent lives.
Speaking at the Central Mosque at Abossey Okai in Accra to offer special prayers [Jummah] as part of activities to mark the 61st independence anniversary of Ghana, Dr Bawumia said with “I want to assure the general public that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is fully apprised of what is going on.
National Security has given shop owners and traders around the private residence of President Nana Akufo-Addo one week to pack out of the area.
The traders will be compensated with amounts ranging from GHc 3,000 to GHc 10,000.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has charged Ghanaians to build on past glories in hope for a better future as Ghana marks 61 years of independence.
“On a day such as today, our thoughts invariably stray to the past, but we do not intend to live on past memories. To paraphrase Ephraim Amu in Yen araasaaseni, it is now our turn to build on those past glories,” the President said in his speech at the Black Star Square today [Tuesday].
President Akufo-Addo reminded of Ghana’s heralded status as the Black Star of Africa and said: “at its birth, great things were expected of this nation of ours, and even greater things were expected of those who would have the honour to be called Ghanaians.”
But he conceded that the country has largely underperformed despite charting the path for other oppressed nations on the continent to gain independence.
It is in this light that he urged citizens to rise above mediocrity and strive to ensure Ghana sees substantial progress in the future.
A leading member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Victor Smith, has called on the leadership of his party to call the party’s Founder, Jerry John Rawlings to order, or pay for it dearly in the 2020 general elections.
A group calling itself, Media Monitors of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has cautioned NPP’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Boasiako (Wontumi) to disassociate himself from the party’s forthcoming internal elections.
It would be recalled that over the weekend during the party’s gathering at Agona in the Afigya Sekyere East Constituency of the Ashanti Region, Chairman Wontumi vowed to decide for the NDC who the party elect as officers at the Constituency to the national level.
The Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) CEO has expressed surprise at a transaction between the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) and an unlicensed foreign company, BB Energy.
Stating the position of the law, Senyo Hosi said any company that wants to deal in petroleum products on Ghana’s shores is required to be duly licensed.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has directed the Finance Minister to release funds immediately for the purchase of state of the art equipment for the country’s security agencies especially the Police to fight crime.
Additionally, the President has also directed that the joint Police and Military under the ‘Operation Calm Life’ initiative, be intensified to cover every part of the country.
The directives were issued following a meeting on Monday between the President and some security chiefs to deliberate on the recent upsurge in armed robbery activities in some parts of the country.
Citi News sources say the President also endorsed the unannounced swoops in areas suspected to be hideouts of criminals in the country.
It is recalled that the President in his 2018 state of the nation address, announced that an amount of 800 million Ghana cedis will be spent on re-tooling the Police Service.
Wave of robbery
There appears to be a heightened wave of robbery attacks in the country with the past week recording some of the worst cases.
A number of incidents have involved brazen attacks by robbers on individuals and organisations in broad daylight.
A Lebanese was shot and killed at Tema Industrial Area last week with the assailants making away with GHS 200,000 he had withdrawn from the bank.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, announced earlier last week that the police arrested a group of suspected robbers believed to be behind attacks on about 20 forex bureaux around the Spintex road area in just 2018.
The attacks on these Forex Bureaux were growing number of robberies and high-profile criminal activity in the region.
Mobile money transfer points have also been targeted by robbers in recent times.
These incidents have prompted members of the public and some MPs to call for some of the heads of the security agencies, including the Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu.
The IGP has responded with a major reshuffle in the Service, with several officers given new assignments.
Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, Director General of Police Operations, was reassigned to head the Research and Planning Department.
He was replaced immediately by the Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Simon Afeku.
Nine others were also reassigned to take up various positions across the country.