President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned 105 armoured vehicles presented by the European Union, to support the fight against terrorism in the sub-region.
Ghana, in recent times, has intensified security measures along its borders following the rise in activities of terrorist groups in neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin.
In lieu of this, Nana Akufo-Addo has on several platforms called on European countries to support Africa in combating the rising threats of terrorism and coup d’états taking over the continent
According to President Akufo-Addo, “instability in the Sahel and widespread terrorist activities have put West African countries under severe political pressure and economic strain.”
During the commissioning of the vehicles which was held at the Ministry of National Security on Saturday, October 28, president Akufo-Addo reiterated his call on other countries and international organizations to support Africa in its fight against the rising threats of terrorism.
He emphasised that “It is imperative to understand that no single country can confront the terrorist threat on its own”.
He added that “collaborative efforts amongst nations facing this challenge and critical support from partners, such as the European Union, who share our security concerns, remain crucial in mitigating the terrorist threat in the West Africa region”.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, H.E Josep Borrell Fontelles who handed over the vehicles, said Ghana has been instrumental in ensuring regional stability.
He also added that the presentation of the vehicles is part of a $20m European Union package of agreement to help the Ghana Armed Forces.
He, however, assured of his confidence this equipment would not only benefit Ghana but the entire region as well as the European Union.