NDPC briefs IGP on 40-year dev't plan
The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), has called on the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor, to brief him on Ghana's 40-year development plan.
The visit, which was also to take stock of challenges of the Police Service and how they could be factored into the long-term development plan, is part of a serious of consultations being done by the Commission aheadof the launch of the plan.
The Director-General of NDPC, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, stressed the need to engage the police on the plan because 90 per cent of the population is setimated to live in urban towns by 2057.
The projection, he said, meant that the police would need to be resourced and made strategic enough to handle the growing population.
Dr. Thompson said tthe Commission considered security a key component of the long-term plan and "as the police form a fulcrum of internal security, they must be given the necessary suppoert."
He said NDPC was committed to seeing the plan come to fruition and was determined to involve all the ministries, departments and agencies.
He noted that building strong institutions to carry through the development plan was crucial to the sustainability of the plan, adding that the independence of the institutions was key in meeting the long-term plan for rapid development.
Dr. Nii Moi Thompson commended the police for their resilience in the face of the logistical challenges and assured that the Commission would factor in their challenges when preparing the final document.
The Acting IGP on his part said the police was faced with logistical challenges in the discharge of their duties and requested that long-term plan for resourcing the police was put in place.
He said the police lacked the capacity to deal with challenges that needed the services of a helicopter and rrequested that the plan captures one for the police service.
Mr. Kudalor proposed that financial backing be included in the plan so as to support the police and make it more independent. He said the police was committed to the long-term plan, ready to support the NDPC and ready to abide by what would be expected of them in the yet to be implemented plan.
The technical consultation phase of the development plan is however, set to commence from February.
Source: Ghanaian Times