‘Gov’t ready for terrorist attack’

National Security Ministry has said it has developed a multi-agency approach aimed at dealing with any form potential terrorist attack in the country.

The plan is to harness the expertise of the police, the military and other security agencies to fortify the country’s boarders against terrorism.

According to the Director of Counter-terrorism at the National Security Ministry, COP (rtd) George Asiamah, the approach had adopted best practices on terrorism fight around the world.


Speaking at a two-day workshop on West Africa National Security and Armoured Vehicles, COP (rtd) George Asiamah said there was  the need for multiagency cooperation to fight terrorism.

“To fight terrorism, we have to go by the multiagency approach, no one state agency can fight the threat, we all need to come together to fight the threat, that is why we have the multiagency approach and that is what has informed what we are going to do today”

Last year, Ghana’s security agencies, made up of the National Security, the Armed Forces, the Police Service, the Fire Service and other emergency service providers, carried out an anti-terrorism simulation  exercise in Accra.


The exercise, which lasted for about five hours, demonstrated the tactical and intellectual preparedness of the security services in dealing with any potential terrorist attack.

The simulated scenario was to mimic a real live terrorist attack at a hotel resort at Nungua in the Greater Accra Region.

In February this year, the Ghana Armed Forces also assured the general public of its readiness to defend the country from any internal or external attacks by individuals or terrorist groups.

There have been a number of terrorist attacks in Mali, Cote d’ Ivoire, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and some other West African countries in recent years.

This has led to some fear that these terrorist groups could target Ghana next.


Story: Edward BLAGOGEE

Writer’s email: edwardblagogee@gmail.com

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