In an effort to protect its citizens from the looming threat of terrorism, the government has reaffirmed its unwavering commitment, according to the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul. Acknowledging the reality of terrorist threats in the country, particularly in the northern region bordering Sahelian countries, Minister Nitiwul highlighted the substantial efforts being undertaken to ensure national security.
The Minister disclosed that significant deployments of troops have been made to fortify the country’s defense against terrorist threats. His remarks came during an interaction with journalists after the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, James Cleverly, observed a counter-terrorism demonstration by Ghanaian soldiers trained by the UK. The demonstration was part of the bilateral defense partnership between the two nations.
Notable attendees at the event included the Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson, and senior army officials. This visit marks the second time a UK Foreign Secretary has visited Ghana since Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s visit in 2019.
Minister Nitiwul emphasized the importance of continuous training exercises, praising the cooperation between Ghana and the UK. He stated, “More of such support from around the world is a good thing, as it enhances our ability to protect our citizens.”
While the Ghanaian military stands prepared to deal with acts of terrorism, the Minister stressed the significance of public support, stating that with the backing of the people, the military is empowered to do whatever it takes to safeguard the nation.
Regarding the possibility of Ghana contributing troops to Niger as part of an ECOWAS mission to restore constitutional rule, Minister Nitiwul explained that the final decision would be subject to the direction of the President. He added, “Member states are ready to use force if necessary, and they will contribute troops accordingly.”
Mr. Cleverly praised the professionalism displayed by the Ghanaian troops during the demonstration and reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to providing more training exercises to enhance the capacity of Ghana’s armed forces and ensure the nation’s security.
Prior to the military demonstration, Mr. Cleverly, accompanied by Ms. Thompson, visited Trashy Bags Africa, a plastic recycling company in the Abelemkpe suburb of Accra.
As the government and its international partners work together to combat the menace of terrorism, Ghana remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of its people.