The Police Wives Association (POLWA) has charged government to retool the police service to enable them discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
President of POLWA, Mamaga Sotsimede Adziwe II, speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, said although they appreciate the package, it would be better for their husbands to be alive and work for a well equipped service than to die for a logistically challenged one.
She was reacting to the compensation package announced by government for the late Chief Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi, who was killed by armed robbers at Kwabenya some few weeks ago.
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, at the funeral of the late slain police officer said, government was committed to improving and sustaining the general welfare of the officers and men of the Ghana Police Service.
The wife and children of the late Emmanuel Ashilevi, who has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police, are set to receive a total of Ghs 185,374.85 (one hundred and eighty five thousand, three hundred and seventy four cedis and eighty five pesewas), equivalent to more than Ghc1.8 billion old cedis, Dr Bawumia announced.
But reacting to the package, POLWA’s president said, although the package announced was good, that would not satisfy them better than seeing their husbands returning back home from duty secured, safe and sound.
According to her, the most important challenge they would want government resolve is to provide personnel with the needed logistics that would assure them of their safety and security.
‘’We want government to provide them with the needed logistics. The Interior Ministry is in charge of the police, prisons and fire but the police deserve better attention. We do want to record the death of another police officer. We would hit the street with a demonstration should government fail to provide the police with the needed logistics or another police die in line of duty,’’ she warned.