The government yesterday presented 253 vehicles to four security institutions to facilitate their operations.
President John Dramani Mahama, who made the presentation at a brief ceremony at the National Security Council Secretariat in Accra, said the vehicles were the first batch of a fleet of vehicles procured for all the security agencies to enhance their work.
The beneficiary and the institutions were the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), which received two Mitsubishi Rosa buses, 20 Nissan Navara DC/SE pick-ups, 11 Nissan patrol station wagons, eight each of Nissan Sentra and Nissan Sunny saloon cars, four Toyota Camry 2 SL, and 30 motorbikes; the Ghana Prisons Service, which was given 10 Mitsubishi Rosa buses, 20 Nissan Navara pick-ups, seven Nissan Sentra, six Nissan Sunny, seven Toyota Camry, seven Toyota Prado and 20 Yamaha motorbikes; the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), which was presented with two Mitsubishi Rosa buses, 15 Nissan Navara pick-ups, three Nissan Patrol station wagons; eight each of Nissan Sentra and Nisan Sunny saloon cars, four Toyota Camry, two Toyota Prado and 20 Yamaha motorbikes, and the National Security Council secretariat, which had one Mitsubishi Rosa bus, 10 Nissan Navara pick-ups, three each of Nissan Sentra and Nissan Sunny saloon, four Toyota Camry saloon and five Toyota Prado.
President Mahama said the remaining institutions would receive theirs in due course.
The President underscored the critical role the security agencies played in promoting national peace and development.
Consequently, he said, the government was determined to make them fully mobile, especially during this election year, so that they would be able to carry out their mandate without any major hitches.
On the Prisons Service, he said he was aware that some officers conveyed suspects on remand to court in commercial vehicles, which was not good for the image of the service.
He, therefore, expressed the hope that the vehicles would go a long way to improve the situation.
National Emergency Command Centre
The President had earlier inspected the National Emergency Command Centre project which is meant to enhance the security of the nation through a massive monitoring platform.
It is a nationwide project but the Greater Accra Region is being used as a pilot.
It has, among other facilities, integrated video systems which enable the National Security to monitor places of interest at a command centre.
It will also assist the other security services in their operations to enable them to respond to various threats promptly and ensure the safety of the people.