The Founder and General Overseer of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua, has presented three pickup vehicles and 20 motorbikes to the Ghana Police Service to facilitate police patrol activities.
The donation, which included 100 pieces of reflective jackets, was made in partnership with Emmanuel TV, the flagship media agency of the church, through the Ghana branch of SCOAN.
Before receiving the donation at the police headquarters in Accra, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, said the motorbikes would help the police patrol places which could not be accessed with vehicles.
“I am sorry for the armed robbers and other criminals. The motorbikes will be used by armed police officers to ensure that people go about their activities without fear,” he said.
He was happy the truism that crime combat was not the preserve of the police but a shared responsibility with the public was now dawning on society.
Policing, he said, was becoming increasingly complex and demanding. “In fact, it can be dangerous, stressful and dehumanising,” he said.
As a result, Mr Alhassan said, the Ghana Police Service would need the consistent support of all stakeholders including the church, to be able to discharge its mandate satisfactorily.
In line with scriptures, he said Prophet Joshua had brought relief in spiritual and material terms to a number of people through his passion for the needy, support for the aged and victims of natural disasters, while reforming armed robbers and prostitutes.
Speaking on behalf of Prophet Joshua, Mr Samuel Kwame Sackey, who led a delegation from the Ghana branch of SCOAN to make the donation, commended the Police Administration for reducing armed robbery and other social vices and creating a safe environment for businesses.
“Churches now freely attend all-night services and members are not afraid to return home without fear. Investor confidence has been boosted as a result of the peace and safety,” he said.
He lauded the IGP for introducing initiatives such as police visibility, the public confidence reaffirmation programme and transforming the Formed Police Unit and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department.
“Prophet Joshua, Emmanuel TV partners and members of the SCOAN sincerely appreciate these innovations and initiatives and all the benefits these have brought to Ghana,” Mr Sackey said.
He was hopeful that the three top-of-the-range Toyota pickup vehicles and the motorbikes would complement the initiatives of the Ghana Police Service to enhance peace, safety and business growth in Ghana.