maintained law and order, peace and stability in the country. It sought to meet two (2) Policy objectives of the Ghana Shared & Growth Development Agenda II (GSGDA II) under Transparent and Accountable Governance. These are:
i. Improve internal security for human safety and protection; and
ii. Reduce recidivism and promote effective re-integration of ex-convicts.
The Ministry, through its agencies, has been able to maintain relative peace and order in the country. The Ministry prepared and submitted the Annual Performance Report to the Office of the Head of the Civil Service (OHCS).
The Ministry coordinated the review of some Legal and Regulatory Frameworks governing the operations of the agencies. These include the Ghana Immigration Service, Arms Trade Treaty and Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau Bills, Prisons Amendment, Prisons Service Regulations and the National Disaster Management Organization were approved and passed by Parliament.
For the 2016 fiscal year, the Ministry and its agencies were allocated a sum of one billion, four hundred and sixty one million, eight hundred and ninety six thousand, one hundred and seventy three Ghana cedis, and thirty seven pesewas (GH¢1,461,896,173.37) for the implemen- tation of its programmes. Breakdown is as follows:
The Ministry received an additional amount of five hundred and thirty three million, one hundred and three thousand, one hundred and forty nine Ghana cedis, eight pesewas (GH¢533,103,149.08) in respect of outstanding claims outside its Budget. The breakdown is as follows:
Goods and Services -- GH¢508,445,103.17
Capex -- GH¢24,658,045.91
Ghana police service
The Ghana Police Service continued to maintain relative law and order to the level that the populace have been able to go about their socio-economic activities without any major security hindrance. Also, in accordance with the focus of reducing crime for the year, most of the major crimes recorded an average of 10 per cent reduction.
Under the prosecution and case management programme, the service arrested and successfully prosecuted many of the hardened criminals and most importantly, the Service was able to provide police guards to the Presidential candidates and the running mates of the various political parties.
The Ghana Police Service also enhanced the patrol, accessibility and visibility programme, expanded the highway patrol as well as the community policing concept by training 4,600 community policing assistants to deepen democratic policing culture and trained personnel in riot control across the country.
There are about 3,500 personnel currently under training at all the police training schools across the country.
Ghana prisons service
The Ghana Prisons Service (GPS) successfully provided safe custody of prisoners. Other achievements include the following:
The Service decongested the prisons and reduced overcrowding rate from 46.49 per cent recorded in 2015 to 36.60 per cent in 2016, therefore improving the health of the inmates by reducing the rate at which inmates contract communi- cable diseases.
Also, through the continuous formal and informal education given to inmates, it equipped them with employable skills. This led to a reduction in the rate of recidivism (re-offending) from 4.7 per cent recorded in 2015 to 4.0 per cent, therefore contributing to public safety.
The Service in accordance with the ongoing inmates' educational programme registered 95, 28 and 47 inmates to sit for the NVTI, SSSCE, and BECE examinations respec- tively.
A Remand Prison is under construc- tion in Nsawam to help decongest the Nsawam Medium Security Prison.
Ghana national fire service
The Ghana National Fire Service, during the year under review, commis- sioned thirteen (13) new Fire Stations (including the Fire stations at Parliament and the Ministries) bringing the total number of fire stations across the country to 184.
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The newly commissioned Fire Stations are Tema Newtown, Gbetsile, Prampram, Katamanso, Chinderi, Dambai, Peki, Nkonya, Dzodze, Kpetoe, and Abura - Dunkwah.
The Service also created seven (7) fire posts in areas within the country that did not have fire equipment for fighting fires.
Again, the Service undertook strategic public fire education in 26 Radio and Television programs, 47 markets and lorry parks, 68 public institutions made up of schools, churches and mosques. In addition, 78 risk assessment and inspection of military and prisons barracks and public institutions were conducted to sensitize officers and men on fire safety.
Two hundred and eleven (211) personnel underwent various training programmes aimed to build their capacities.
Ghana immigration service
The Immigration Service Act 2016 (Act 908) was passed by Parliament in to law to expand and improve upon the operations of the Service. Four (4) storey operations block expansion project was completed while the Headquarters Building is currently under renovation
National disaster management organi- zation (NADMO)
NADMO responded to and provided relief to 210,488 victims of disasters across the country.
A countrywide pre-flood public awareness creation/sensitization was organized in flood prone areas to prepare the populace towards the 2016 rainy season.
Eighty (80) major public education fora were organized for eighty-two (82) targeted disaster prone commu- nities country-wide.
24 major drains were dredged/ desilted examples include the drains around the following areas; Odawna, Mallam Junction, Kasoa and Kwapro and Asuoyeboa (Abonsua River)
NADMO was able to respond to disasters in an average time of 20 minutes in Accra and its environs. The Organization targets to improve response time across the country.
Narcotics control board (NACOB)
To build capacity in intelligence gathering, investigations and narcotics management, 35 officers of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) participated in overseas training programmes while 298 officers also received training locally.
The Board collaborated with Non- Governmental (NGOs) and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and counselled 234 drug addicts.
16 narcotic cases were recorded at the Kotoka International Airport, which resulted in the arrest of 26 persons (24 males and 2 females) out of which 5 persons were convicted. Countries of origin of persons included Ghana, Nigeria, Malaysia, Guinea, Benin, United Kingdom and Tanzania.
The NACOB also spearheaded the construction of a National Dog Academy and helped to renovate kennels and other facilities there.
In addition, NACOB carried out educational programmes in 10 tertiary institutions, 300 first cycle institutions, 62 second cycle institutions, 20 faith- based communities, 20 radio stations, 2 television stations and 20 communities.
National commission on small arms
The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons Collected and seized 1,319 illicit weapons from the Police and Military armouries in the Northern, Ashanti, Central and Western Regions which were destroyed on the UN Weapons Destruction Day on 9th July, 2016.
Captured records on Ghana Armed Forces arms unto a database system to ensure accountability of weapons.
The General Secretaries, other representatives of key political parties and the general public were sensitized on the dangers of armed violence and the need for peaceful elections.
The drafting instructions for a new Bill on Arms and Ammunition was completed and submitted to the Ministry of the Interior for review and onward submission to the Attorney General's Department.
National peace council
The Council in partnership with Institute of Development Studies of the UCC developed a mediation modules and strategy for the training of the RPCs and other peace actors in conflict mediation strategies.
A number of stakeholder engagements with State and non-State actors were held to develop strategies for peaceful elections in the 2016 General elections. The Council with the support of UNDP/ USAID engaged with communities, religious and traditional leaders, CSOs and CBOs and political party executives at the constituency level in 275 constituencies
In collaboration with the Institute for Democratic Governance and the UNDP, the NPC held a high level meeting in Accra on the 1st December 2016, with all the presidential candidates for the 2016 elections at the Movenpick-Ambassador Hotel in Accra, at which event, the candidates reaffirmed their commitment to free, fair and peaceful elections, before and after the elections.
During the year under review, the Gaming Commission licensed five (5) new Casinos/Gaming companies and renewed the licenses of 23 existing Casinos/ Gaming Companies that were in good standing.
The Commission conducted a nationwide inventory of all gaming equipment used by licensed operators to facilitate proper annual billing. The Commission has an updated list of all gaming equipment by company, location and region.
The Commission and the Ghana Police Service formed a joint operational task force to help weed out illegal gaming operators.
As part of its mandate to oversee the welfare and management of refugees and asylum seekers in Ghana, the Ghana
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Refugee Board carried out joint moni- toring missions to four (4) refugee camps in the country.
The Board also registered one hundred and eighty-two (182) cases of Asylum Seekers. Two hundred and twenty-one (221) Refugee ID cards were issued to urban and in-camp refugees.
In addition, the Ghana Refugee Board during the year held series of meetings with relevant stakeholders towards the launching of the Job Solutions Approach Programme. The programme seeks to provide innovative ways of generating sustained incomes and benefits for Persons of Concern (PoCs) and host communities. Also 18 contract staff were migrated onto the Government Pay Roll.
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Outlook for 2017
Under Management and Administra- tion, the Ministry intends to a establish a migration Commission, mechanise the electronic application of the migration services, mechanise the private security database system, monitor and evaluate projects and programmes of the sector agencies and also develop the sector strategic 2018-2021 Medium Term Development Plan.
The National Commission of Small Arms would mark weapons of the security
agencies, collect and destroy seized weapons and establish comprehensive database on small arms, among others.
In 2017, the Ghana National Fire Service will improve operations efficiency and effectiveness, train personnel in modern fire fighting techniques, intensify fire prevention and safety education, launch and intensify bush fire prevention and safety campaign, implement the home fire project under the “dum egya project” with a private partner where individual homes
will be installed with fire and smoke alarm systems and fire extinguishers and install early fire warning systems at various MDAs.
In 2017, the Ghana Immigration Service will conduct rigorous enforcement activities to flash out illegal migrants, conduct enforcement activities at companies, hotels dwelling places and schools to ensure compliance with the immigration laws. The Service will also procure and deploy border surveillance systems and revamp the border patrol unit.
The Ghana Police Service will also continue visibility and accessibility programme, minimise the incidence of violent crimes, improve road marine safety as well as traffic enforcement and management.
The total sum of one billion, five hundred and seventy one million, six hundred and seventy three thousand, one hundred and twenty seven Ghana cedis (GH¢1,571,673,127.00) was approved for the Ministry to implement its programmes and activities for the year ending 2017. The breakdown of the allocation is as follows:
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TABLE 3.1 IGF Allocation of GH¢22,999,295.00 to the ministry and its agencies
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TABLE 3.2 Development partners allocation of GH¢13,124,617
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Observations and recommendations
The Committee observed that the agencies under the Ministry encounter numerous challenges due to inadequate funding and delays in the release of funds. These situations hampered the Ministry's performance for the year under review. The Committee also noted with regret that some of the Agencies who are in rented premises have accumulated rent arrears and the landlords are threatening ejection and court action. The key challenges are as follows:
The Commission has been allocated GH¢806,373.00 for the compensation of their employees. However, the actual compensation for the Commission is GH¢1,199,108.00, resulting in a shortfall of GH¢392,735.
The Commission therefore requires an additional GH¢392,735 to make up the difference.
Ghana immigration service
In its effort to achieve its objectives, the Service was and is bedevilled with the following:
Low budgetary allocation parti- cularly for Goods and Service;
Lack of allocation and CAPEX for over 4 years running;
Late or non-release of Approved Budgetary Allocation;
Lack of functional office and resi- dential accommodation throughout all GIS Commands;
Inadequate Logistical Support (Arms and Ammunition)
Lack of Radio/Signal Equipment; and
Lack of Operation and Command vehicles.
Ghana prisons service
The constraints encountered in 2016 were primarily as a result of the unrealistic ceilings given to agencies to operate and significantly due to accumulation of arrears from the preceding year which became the first charge on the 2016 Budget. The resulting effect was our inability to efficiently and effectively achieve our targets and objectives.
It is important to single out the issues of prisoners' ration, rental of officer's accommodation and health care for direct government intervention. Nonetheless, it is important to “ring fence” prisoners' ration from the general ceiling given to the Ministry of Interior and also issue releases for ration regularly. Healthcare delivery for prisoners has become a challenge and as such, we reiterate the need for all prisoners to be classified as indigents under the NHIS to ensure good health care delivery.
Provision for Assets for the Service in 2017 Budget will revive progression of our on-going projects particularly Ankaful Maximum Security Prison and the Remand Prison at Nsawam.
Ghana police service
Due to inadequate budgetary alloca- tion for the Service, it was unable to make outstanding payment of Interpol dues since 2016. Also non- release of funds for uncompleted projects makes it difficult to accommodate officers and has to rent houses for these officers. Rent outstanding
to various landlords stands at GH¢3,000,000. The Service has an outstanding payment of fuel supplied by Goil which stands at GH¢19,500,621.52
Narcotics control board (NACOB)
NACOB is currently indebted to suppliers and service providers almost
GH¢1,000,000 which needs urgent attention as some have initiated court action.
These are for basic services like electricity, vehicle maintenance, rent, drug analysis test fees, canine unit expenses and fuel. Breakdown is as follows:
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National disaster management organisation
The Organization is confronted with the following:
Inadequate budgetary allocations;
Inadequate and late release of budgetary allocations for goods and services and relief supplies to the Organisation made it difficult to implement all programmes and activities during the period under review.
Outstanding balance to suppliers of relief items in 2016 amounted to
Outstanding salary arrears to be paid to 1,500 staff totalling
Low and unattractive remunera- tions;
Inadequate office space;
Inadequate transport and other logistics for effective and timely response; and
The web-base emergency opera- tions center exist only in the headquarters and ten (10) pilot districts.
Ghana refugee board
Inadequate office space and high cost of office accommodation for the secretariat;
Inadequate operational logistics such as vehicle, ICT equipment and lack of condition of service for staff of the secretariat;
Inadequate technical staff to man the secretariat and regional offices; and
Lack of scheme of service and operational manual.
National commission for small arms
The lower ceilings set for the Commission as well as the late release of those ceilings are largely responsible for the Commission's inability to deal with some very important national projects. These projects are not only national in nature but their successful completion will underscore Ghana's international commitment to promoting peace, safety and human security.
It can be emphasized that account- ability of weapons promotes peace, minimizes conflicts, saves resources meant to fight crime, curbs terrorism and reduces protracted conflict. Presently, there is an increase in proliferation of Small Arms and Trafficking of Illicit weapons. The dilapidated and inadequate structural
facility serving as accommodation for the Headquarters has affected recruitment as well as informant and intelligence gathering system for intelligence on illicit arms trafficking or gunrunning.
The Committee, upon careful consideration of the numerous challenges alluded to above, is urging the Ministry of Finance to, as a matter of urgency, provide funds to enable the agencies settle their outstanding bills since the security of the country is paramount to the safety of citizens. The Committee further recommends that enough funds be allocated to the key areas to ensure the smooth running of the programmes and activities outline.
With the passing of the NADMO Act, the House approved the allocation of 3 per cent from the Common Fund to the Organisation to enable them respond timeously to disasters. The Committee therefore requests the Ministry of Finance to expedite action on this allocation as this would help the Organisation defray most of its outstanding bills to its Service providers.
The Committee, upon satisfying itself with the explanations and clarifications, is of the view that the budgetary allocation for the Ministry of the Interior, unfortunately, remains woefully in- adequate. If Ghana would continue to enjoy accelerated socio-economic development and growth, it is important that, premium is placed on the protection of human lives and property. Ghana has to move in tandem with the changing trends in crime fighting.
It is therefore imperative that the budgetary allocation is reviewed with the urgency that it deserves to improve the
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effectiveness and efficiency of the Ministry and its agencies.
This notwithstanding, the Committee recommends that the House adopts and approves, the total budgetary allocation of one billion, five hundred and seventy one million, six hundred and seventy three thousand, one hundred and twenty seven Ghana cedis (GH¢1,571,673,127.00) made to the Ministry of the Interior for the financial year ending 31st December, 2017.