The Interior Ministry has justified the spending of over Ghc 26,000 on the provision of private internal security at the ministry.
The 2016 Auditor General’s report indicted the Ministry for spending that amount on the services of a private security firm instead of using personnel from the Ghana Police Service.
The said firm, Magnum Force Security was paid the amount in a move that was described as a drain on the ministry’s resources by the Auditor General.
But, appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Ambrose Dery the Interior Minister, said the decision was justifiable.
“If you take two members of the Ghana Police Service to be within the ministry to perform these petty roles, I daresay it will be an under-utilization of an essential and limited resource.”
He said the Interior Ministry had to resort to private security services to free up police officers to undertake other critical policing activities for the state.
“We cannot have an armed policeman to make sure the doors are closed….you may want to think of Ghc 28,000 being an extra cost”.
“If you want to see the cost of having two police officers there, you need to deal with the opportunity cost,” he noted.
Mr Dery added that the country is far away from the 1:500 civilian to police ratio and therefore pleaded that people see reason and make better use of the limited resources of the police service.