April 18, 2017 – The Inspector General Police (IGP) of Ghana, Mr. David Asante-Apeatu has called for greater collaboration with the Adventist Church as the service embarks on a transformation agenda to improve service delivery as well as train its personnel.
“I am sure ADRA Ghana can help drill some bore holes for some of our barracks facing water problems. The Valley View University in the past helped the Service with some ICT projects, and I hope it will continue even as we work to make ICT a driver of our transformation agenda,” the IGP said.
He said this while addressing a delegation of the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Ghana Union Conference who had called on him to congratulate him on his appointment and to pray for him on April 18, 2017.
Pastor Thomas Techie Ocran, the Union President, assured the IGP of the Church’s support and prayers.
“We have come to congratulate you and commend you for accepting this role. As a Church, you can be sure of our support. We will pray for your administration, so your tenure will be successful, offer counsel when necessary and most importantly educate our members to be law abiding citizens; this is our biblical mandate as Christians,” Pastor Ocran said.
On his part, the IGP was happy for the visit and noted that the Police Service could collaborate with the ADRA to drill boreholes in some police barracks and with the Valley View University to design tailor-made distance education courses,
“My vision is to ensure that a greater percentage of the Police force upgrade themselves by getting first degrees, and I am hopeful Valley View can help in that regard too,” Mr. Asante-Apeatu said.
The Church presented to the IGP some Adventist literature and offered prayers for him.
The delegation later met with some Adventist Police personnel working at the headquarters and assured them of efforts being made to have an Adventist Chaplaincy Unit within the Ghana Police Service.
An Adventist Pastor and an officer with the Homicide Unit, Pastor Atsah was happy about the proactive stance the church had taken and commended the leaders for visiting the IGP and voicing the Church’s support for his work.
Members of the delegation included the Executive Secretary, Pastor Chris Annan Nunoo, the Treasurer, Elder Ebenezer Odonkor, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director Ms. Solace Asafo-Hlordzi and the Human Resource Director, Ms. Donna Agboka.
Others are President of the Accra City Conference, Pastor Solomon O.T Hammond, Pro-Vice Chancellor of VVU, Prof. Robert Osei Bonsu, Prof. Irene Akuamoah Boateng, Dean of Graduate Studies, Director for ADRA Ghana, Dr. WYK Brown, and General Manager of the Advent Press, Pastor Kingsley Osei.
By Solace Asafo