Panafrican News Agency

Ghana: President Akufo-Addo launches national security strategy

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Monday launched a National Security Strategy blueprint to deal with existing, new and emerging threats to the country, local media reported here.

The strategy is to allow stakeholders in the security sphere to devise a "proactive and inclusive coordinated response to internal and external security and stability challenges", the state-run Ghana News Agency said.

"It is the product of four years of consultations with stakeholders including Parliament, the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Civil Society Organizations and security experts, spearheaded by the National Security Ministry," Akufo-Addo stated at the ceremony.

The event coincided with the commissioning of a three-storey headquarters building for the National Security in Accra, he explained, saying the strategy would allow for "a secured environment that guarantees the safety of the people and territorial integrity as a prerequisite for sustainable development".

"Only when safety of the people and the nation’s space was secured can the citizens live peacefully and strive to constantly improve the quality of their lives," he said.
President Akufo-Addo said "the Strategy was necessary for the existence of Ghana’s National Security architecture and that the overarching vision of the document was to maintain Ghana as an open, tolerant, socially cohesive, peace-loving, people-centred, secure, united and prosperous constitutional democracy that upholds the rule of law".

“The National Security Strategy also aims to establish Ghana as a land of opportunities, with the resolve and the capability to protect her people, her culture and her values, to spur growth, development and prosperity that inure to the well-being of her people, whilst positioning the country to play a meaningful and influential role at regional, continental and global levels.

“Further, the Strategy underlines the unique characteristics, the risk and threats confronting our nation within the context of an evolving world, and proposes innovative ways to deal with the numerous emerging security challenges,” he stated.

The National Security Council will provide strategic direction for the implementation of the Strategy and the Minister of National Security will b0e responsible for the day-to-day coordination of activities for a successful implementation of the Plan.

-0- PANA  RA  7June2021