Diasporian News of Fri, 9 May 20031
Ghanaians In UK Raise Funds For Police
A 30-member committee to raise funds for the purchase of vital tools and equipment to support the Ghana Police Service has been inaugurated in London by Ghana's High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Isaac Osei. The fund, dubbed "Five Pounds No Balance Appeal Fund", is the first in the series of annual fundraising projects to be adopted by Ghanaians in the UK.
It was launched in March at various events held by the Ghanaian community and associations in Manchester, Reading, Milton Keynes and London as part of the 46th anniversary of Ghana's independence. The committee, which has Mr. Peter Wiredu, Minister Counsellor (Passport and Immigration) of the Ghana High Commission, as chairman, will administer and draw up strategies and programmes for the realisation of the objectives of the fund.
The committee is also charged to determine, in collaboration with the Police Service, the type of tools and equipment to be purchased for delivery by November this year. It is also empowered to serve as the co-ordinating body for all activities and events to be organised in connection with all fund-raising events in the UK.
Membership of the committee is drawn from the Ghana High Commission, the Ghanaian community in various parts of the United Kingdom, the clergy, the media, professionals, political parties and selected opinion leaders in the UK.
Inaugurating the committee, Mr Osei commended members of the committee for accepting to serve and added that their acceptance amply demonstrates their desire to join hands with all Ghanaians to enhance the government's efforts to make the Ghana Police Service one of the best on the continent.
He said since assuming office, the NPP Government has taken measures to recruit more people to join the police service and to boost their confidence by procuring more than 600 vehicles and other communications gadgets for their operations. Mr Osei said as a result of improvement in logistics, the service has appreciably been able to discharge its duties as guarantors of internal security and regain the confidence and trust of the people.
Welcoming the members, Mr Kwabena Baah-Duodu, the Deputy High Commissioner, expressed the hope that they would work in the spirit of patriotism to undertake their responsibilities with zeal and enthusiasm.
He urged them to endeavour through various activities to encourage their compatriots wherever they reside to support the fund. Also present at the inaugural meeting was Mr George Rhoden, the Deputy Chairman of the Black Police Association. He said his association would be exploring ways of assisting the Ghana Police with logistics.
On behalf of the committee members, Mr Wiredu thanked the High Commissioner for the confidence reposed in them and pledged they will discharge their duties diligently. - Graphic