China Monday beefed up the safety of Ghana’s Parliament by donating advanced security equipment valued at $300,000 to the Legislature.The equipment include three sets of wall-held metal scanners, three sets of X-ray baggage scanners, 100 sets of handheld metal scanners and three sets of human body metal detectors.
The donation, a direct response to a request made by Parliament to the Chinese Government, would enable Parliament to strengthen security within its precincts.
Already, the Legislature has over the past months made considerable and very visible security arrangements in and around the House.
Mr Yu Zengsheng, the visiting Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made the donation when he called on the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, at his office in Accra.
Mr Yu is on a four-day state visit to Ghana, after visiting two other African countries- Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon. His visit is aimed at deepening bilateral and cultural ties.
Chairman Yu would also pay a courtesy call on President John Mahama, tour and inspect areas of economic and social interest to the Chinese people.
He is expected to interact with a cross-section of Chinese entrepreneurs and citizens in Ghana.
In a discussion before the donation, Mr Adjaho, noted that though the economic and cultural ties between Ghana and China were vigourous, there was the need for strengthening of the relationship even more.
This, he said, would actualise the dreams of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and Chairman Mao Tse Tung, who established those ties in 1961.
Mr Adjaho said Ghana had remained a true partner of China over the years and had supported China’s bid to remain a member of the United Nations Security Council, adding that, Ghana would continue to support the “One China” Policy.
Chairman Yu, for his part, said he was overwhelmed by the considerable progress Ghana had made over time in the areas of economy and governance, and also emphasised the need to deepen the ties.
Chairman Yu, a top leader of China’s Communist Party, arrived in Ghana on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
He would leave for China on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
The Chinese leader has since his arrival visited the Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) Hospital at Teshie, near Accra, where he interacted with Chinese and Ghanaian medical Staff at the health facility, which was funded with a Chinese grant.
He has also visited the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.