This is obviously yet another appraisal added to his litany, as Mahama presents automobiles such as vehicles, motorbikes, pick-ups and buses to security agencies.
Reports have it that the President presented up to 183 vehicles and 70 motorbikes to four security agencies to help improve their operations. The vehicles, included saloon cars, pick-ups and buses. This followed the recent concerns raised about the inadequacies in the transportation operations aspect of security agencies.
The National Security Council Secretariat received 26 of the vehicles, while the Bureau of National Investigations had 58 vehicles and 30 motorbikes. The Narcotics Control Board had 42 vehicles and 20 motorbikes, while the Ghana Prisons Service received 57 vehicles, including 10 buses, and 20 motorbikes. The prisons services as we can see got the highest number of vehicles, this is due to the urgent need by the organization as they have had their officials sometimes resorting to commercial vehicles to convey prisoners because of low availability of vehicles.
Mahama said that the presentation of the vehicles was going to boost the effectiveness of the security agencies in carrying out their operations.
“This is to enable the national security agencies to carry out their mandate more effectively,” he said.
President Mahama had also visited the newly-built Ghana Emergency Command Centre at the premises of the National Security Secretariat, to inspect their operations as regards the pros and cons in their surveillance system. The centre which acts as an emergency call centre employs the use of intelligence cameras, among other security gadgets to alert security agencies of emergencies. The centre is currently using Accra for its pilot operations.
Mahama equally expressed his concerns about the safety of Ghanaians especially as Ghana is in an election period, saying that it was time the country got adequate security.
“As we all know, we face many security threats, and as we are in a particularly sensitive election year, it requires us to support the security agencies to deliver on their mandate,” he added
Mahama also said that the exercise was only a first phase as he has plans to distribute more vehicles to other security agencies like Ghana Armed Forces, Police and Fire Services.