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GOVERNMENT IS REORGANISING SECURITY STRUCTURES TO CONFRONT NEW THREATS, AKUFO-ADDO SAYS

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that a process has been initiated to improve on the intelligence-gathering capabilities of the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that a process has been initiated to improve on the intelligence-gathering capabilities of the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies.

 

The aim is to ensure a more efficient approach in dealing with security threats in and against the country.

The President disclosed this when he addressed the leadership of the Council of Independent Churches during a courtesy call on him at Jubilee House in Accra on Wednesday.

President Akufo-Addo said his government is developing a multifaceted approach to help guarantee the nation’s security.

He added that the process has started with the recruitment of additional hands to strengthen the police force and the retooling of the country’s security agencies to make them more efficient.

Reorganisation

“We have also begun the reorganisation of some of the security agencies so that we can enhance the intelligence-gathering capacity of the state,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“One of the problems is that we don’t have a domestic agency in Ghana which is devoted solely to the gathering of intelligence, getting to know what is going on, what the criminal syndicates are doing, and what other potential troublemakers are also doing,” the President said.

“If you have an institution that can penetrate those entities, it strengthens the hand of the state in dealing with them. We want a situation where when crimes are committed in our country, as soon as possible, the police are able to deal with it.
“One of the problems we are having is that sometimes it takes too long … between the deed and the arrest of those who are responsible for it,” he said.

Pay attention

The administrator of the Council of Independent Churches, Reverend Dr Patrick Addison, commended the President and his government for the manner in which they handled the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis in collaboration with the Group of Eminent Chiefs.

He appealed to President Akufo-Addo to pay particular attention to the issues of vigilantism and, in recent times, the cases of kidnapping that have bedevilled the nation.

On the challenge of filth and climate change, Reverend Addison said the agenda to make Accra one of the cleanest cities in Africa should continue to engage the attention of the President in order to make it a reality.

He expressed pleasure that the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which commits its parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets, is being implemented in Ghana.

He urged the President to pay particular attention to the demands of the protocol and to ensure that it is implemented fully to save the country, and especially the Tema Industrial Area, from the effects of greenhouse gases.

Consult

Making reference to the churches’ role in nation-building, Reverend Addison urged President Akufo-Addo to ensure that they are consulted at all times in all efforts intended to promote work for the collective good.

Acknowledging the group’s concerns, the President gave his assurance that his government will not overlook any issues critical to Ghana’s development.

“I am very happy about your presence here today and extremely grateful for your comments, suggestions and observations. We are working for the same end – the welfare of the people of this country and their progress,” President Akufo-Addo said.