By Laudia Sawer, GNA
Tema, Nov. 09, GNA - Vision 2000 Company has handed over a retrofitted marine boat to the Ghana Police Service to aid patrol activities of the Marine Police.
The boat had to be retrofitted after after its engines submerged in the sea early this year, during a patrol.
The Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) pulled it from the sea and positioned it at the Marine Police premises.
Mr Samuel Ahiadeke, Chief Executive Officer of Vision 2000, handing over the boat, said he offered to fund the retrofitting which was done by Benlex Marine Engineering Services when he saw the state of the boat when he visited the Marine Police premises.
Mr Ahiadeke added that the submerged engines were replaced, while the balloon body had been changed to reflector aluminum and a cabin fitted on it.
He noted that Ghanaians and corporate organizations must help the police fight crime as policing was a shared responsibility, a principle that gingered him to fund for the fixing of the boat.
He indicated that he and Benlex were considering designing a boat for the Ghana National Fire Service to use on sea as according to him even though a number of vessels used the country’s harbours and ports, there was no fire boat available to be used in case of fire on any of them while at sea.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu, commended Vision 2000 and Benlex for funding and working on the boat respectively.
The IGP said the Police Service would collaborate with the company to procure and built similar boats saying he was impressed at the professional work done by the Ghanaian company.
He said the Police was working hard to discharge its mandate of maintaining peace and tranquility in the country but would need the support of the public to effectively achieve that aim and vision.
He therefore appealed to the public to collaborate with the police by volunteering information on criminals and their activities in their localities.