President John Dramani Mahama has thrown light on why he rewarded a taxi driver who foiled a robbery attack at Cantonments in Accra on Saturday with a house.
The driver rammed his taxi-cab into a motor bike that was conveying two suspects away from a robbery scene where they had shot a female employee of Koala Supermarket, who was believed to be carrying money to the bank.
In a media briefing at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Tuesday morning, the President said the taxi driver, Nana Yaw, demonstrated remarkable bravery that needed to be recognised.
He said the driver could have been killed by the armed robbers, if his attempt to injure them had failed.The President said he had directed that he be allocated a three-bedroom apartment at the affordable housing estate.He also expressed gratitude to Koala for offering to purchase a new taxi for Nana Yaw.
Crime in Ghana
On crime the President revealed that, crime rate in the country between the year 2013 and 2014 alone, witnessed a tremendous reduction in view of government’s intervention into the security sector.
He disclosed that crime has particularly been reduced by 5,000 compared to earlier figures released by the various security agencies touting his government’s commitment to the various security establishments for the success chalked.
“The retooling of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Police Service coupled with an increase in recruitment drive has helped to reduce crime”, he disclosed.
According to him, on taking over power, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) observed that the security agencies were constrained in terms of mobility and visibility reasons for the various interventions in terms of logistics to beef up security operations.
President Mahama said adequate resourcing of the security agencies in the country, led to several strides made by the various agencies including the recent arms bust in Kumasi and other parts of the country with most of them mounting various serious operations at various locations to nib armed robbery gangs in the bud
“Currently, there has also been an increase in the number of the police strength from 23,000 to 32,000 which is very significant”, he added.