Government, together with the various security agencies in the country and as well as security experts are putting together a National Counter Terrorism strategy document which is expected to guide the country from terrorist attack.

According to the flamers of the document, the process is in its final stage and Ghana will soon have a full document on how to combat terrorist attack.

The Daily Express learnt that already, experts have been engaged and very soon government will be communicated to the nation, so that Ghanaians and international partners will understand how the country is seriously preparing for any counter terrorist attack.

Speaking to Ibard Ibrahim, an International Relation and Security Expert he mentioned that its important that Ghana prepare to get such document to keep Ghana safe in terms of our sovereignty and our territorial integrity and our assets and also keep other nations in the sub-region safe.

“Some good progresses have been made and we hoping and pray that for the stakeholders that are involved put in their effort to complete the final work,” he added.

He commended the government for the key role it play for taken the initiative to accept the idea to get specialized people to work on that document.

“Security is a holistic collective responsibility. The ordinary civilian has a role to play, those in the intelligence centres have roles to play, the media, those in various security agencies have a role to play as well,” he added.

Irbard Ibrahim also explained that the counter terrorism strategy will set a seal and for that matter Ghana will be able to understand and react to some of the issues pertaining to terrorism.

He indicated that “the country strategy as it stands now is not robust enough to prevent any terrorist attack. But the new strategy document will come to our rescue so that Ghana will continue to be safe and to keep it people safe as well.”

“So when there is an emergency situation as a result of a terrorist attack, who response? What role does the BNI and other security agencies played, how do we put to rest dangers in this aspect?

He reiterated that terrorism is evolving and poses security threat and most of our security agencies in Ghana were given and will continue to be given conservative training.

“But the threats we are facing in the region keep changing. How do you react to tanker truck with bomb, a vehicle with sophisticated ammunitions, how do you react to a terrorist moving people with a truck, how do you react to a person who is a well vest in snapper who can go and hide on top of a few crappers in Accra and been shooting down people,” he asked

“So therefore we move from conversional reaction to security threat or to more a specialize one. That’s why as a nation we are finding tuning currently to this strategy, so that it becomes a working document on both form and in substance, how it’s going to be and it functions, that will be carry out by which security agency and at what time. Such strategy is long overdue,” he explained furthe.
The security expert mentioned that Ghana has been doing well in diplomacy and its important that the country continue to use that strategy as well.

“Ghana has not been exposed to any terrorist attack yet. If many other countries have been attacked what makes Ghana special. We continue to uphold the pacific forum policy posture. When we deploy our soldiers abroad they don’t do so as aggresses and they go to peace keeping missions. They should continue that, and whenever there are challenges that could transform into terrorist activity, let use diplomacy, talk to everybody and we should not shut our doors to anybody.”

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
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