General News Mon, 17 Sep 2001

Police Endowment Fund to Be Launched

The Ministry of Interior is to launch Police Endowment Fund on September 21 to supplement budgetary allocation from government.

Alhaji Malik Al-Hassan Yakubu, Minister of Interior said this on Sunday at the 31st Greater Accra Regional Conference of the Ahamadiyya Muslim Mission at Tema.

He said the fund has no set target, because it would be on going and continue to receive monies from donors.

The Minister said the government intended to empower the Police by equipping them and to improve on their accommodation facilities.

Alhaji Yakubu said: "We want to empower the Police to take up their functions as far as internal security is concerned. We can achieve this aim if enough financial resources could be released to them to procure equipment for their operations".

He said armed robbery which was unknown in Ghana some decades ago was on the increase and alongside this is the indiscipline on the roads which has led to the killing of innocent citizens.

All these could be checked to allow citizens to retire to their homes peacefully after their day's work if the Police performed their operations efficiently.

This, however, depended on the resources available hence the need to launch the fund.

Alhaji Yakubu, said already a number of companies including the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), Japan Motors and Riss & Co have made some donations towards the fund.

He appealed to the Muslim community to donate generously when the fund is launched saying Muslims have a role to play, just as the government has a duty to perform by ensuring law and order in the country.

Source: GNA