SONA2023: I am concerned about the security of the state- Akufo- Addo
The Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says he is worried about the extraordinary expenditure on security at Ghana’s borders, which leaves the government with no choice but to continue spending resources in order to keep the nation safe.
Delivering the State of the Nation Address on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, the President said that the reality of the state of affairs in Ghana’s neighboring countries demands that the government go to great lengths to ensure the security, safety, and stability of the nation, hence the Accra Initiative, which is already yielding results.
“The reality of the state of affairs in our neighborhood demands that the government go to great lengths to ensure the security, safety, and stability of our nation. The threats of terrorism and violent extremism that surround us necessitate that we focus our efforts on protecting our borders and collaborating with our neighbors to keep our country and the Region safe.This is the prime motive for the Accra Initiative, which is already yielding results,” he indicated.
For the president, protecting the country also means retooling the various security agencies to help in their efforts to protect the country, and he believes that by providing some equipment, including 20 armored vehicles, 85 assorted Toyota vehicles, and 4 offshore security vessels, among others, the government is on course to deliver that mandate.
In respect to a specific boost for the police service, the president stated, “We can now see more of the police on our streets in urban areas. Ever so gradually, driving on our roads is becoming more orderly. I note that even motorbike riders now stop at traffic lights. Things are improving. Five hundred and four (504) housing units, comprising seventy-two (72) one (1) bedroom and four hundred and thirty-two (432) self-contained units, have been completed for the Police Service. Recently, I delivered one hundred (100) pickups, six hundred (600) motorbikes and six (6) armored personnel carriers to the Police Service to boost operational capacity. For the first time in our nation’s history, the Police Service has dedicated helicopters to help with their operations.”
SOURCE: Goka Emefa Mavis, Reporter, MX24 TV.