The Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, has given the assurance that the country will be able to respond and ward off any terrorist attacks in the country.
He said the security and intelligence agencies had been retooled and well-equipped to ward off any terrorist attacks.
“Ghana has so far not been attacked but we believe that we have to hold ourselves ready at all times to ensure that if there is an attack we will be able to handle it,” he said.
Mr Kan-Dapaah stated this in Parliament yesterday in response to a question asked by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso, Dr Kingsley Nyarko.
The MP wanted to know the current state of security in view of the instability within the sub-region and measures put in place to ensure the safety of people and stability of the country.
Mr. Kan-Dapaah in his response said the state security and intelligence agencies remained on high alert to contain any eventuality.
He emphasized that safeguarding the country’s security and stability remained a key priority for all state security and intelligence agencies.
“To that end, we will remain vigilant and will continue to work in strengthening our capacity to effectively mitigate all forms of these attacks,” he assured.
The national security minister said that in recent times apart from Burkina Faso, there had been attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, about seven attacks in Benin, and recently, one terrorist attack in Togo.
“So far there has not been any attack in Ghana. It does not mean that the terrorists are not planning to attack. We believe they may be planning and the best way to handle it is to ensure that we also do all that is necessary to contain the situation.
“But so far there has not been any attack in our country,” he said.
The national security minister indicated that the support the government had from the Interior and Defence Committee of Parliament paved the way for the retooling of the security and intelligence agencies.
That, he said, was not to suggest that the security and intelligence agencies did not have sufficient equipment and tools at the time.
He added that in recent times there had been a deliberate effort to retool and add to the equipment that the country needed to ward off any security threat.
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