Government Debunks Police CAP 30 Switch

Ambrose Dery

The government has debunked claims by the Minority in Parliament that the current pension scheme of the security agencies is being altered.

The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery,
said government had no intention of moving personnel of the Ghana Police
Service  or any security agency from CAP
30 to another system.

Addressing police personnel at the police
headquarters last Wednesday, Ambrose Dery said: “The Ghana Police Service
will not be migrated from CAP 30 as being rumoured since government recognises
the supreme sacrifices it makes for the country”.

“The President will not make any changes
that will make the police worse off, not while serving or on retirement, never!”
the minister affirmed.

He therefore urged personnel to always verify
their sources of information and accept the ones coming from the police
hierarchy and not from any other source.

Last week, a statement released by the
Minority, signed by the Ranking Member on the Defence and Interior Committee of
Parliament, James Agalga, had said there were attempts by the government to
remove the Ghana Police Service and other security services from
the CAP 30 Pension Scheme.

The Minority said: “It unreservedly condemns
government’s attempt to remove the Ghana Police and other security services
from the CAP 30 Pension Scheme”.

However, in a rebuttal, the Interior Minister said
his ministry and the police council would never make any changes that would
affect the welfare of personnel.

“The government recognising the sacrifices
of personnel of the Ghana Police Service introduced an insurance cover of GH¢50,000
to each personnel,” he added.

The insurance package which was introduced a
year ago would be used in case of death of any personnel in line of duty, while
three of their children would also be catered for from nursery to tertiary.

The Inspector General of Police , David Asante-Apeatu, who disclosed what was contained in the whole package to personnel added that even if one should die accidentally or a natural death, the family would be entitled to GH¢25,000, and if an officer should suffer permanent disability, he or she would be entitled to GH¢25,000.


By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey

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