Vetting National Security Ministry will make government more accountable - Kan-Dapaah

Appearing before the Appointments Committee of parliament on Friday, Mr Dapaah reiterated that the Ministry of National Security will be focusing on security-related issues like illegal mining and the recent incidents of post-election violence.

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The National Security Minister nominee, Albert Kan-Dapaah, has said the introduction of a National Security Minister will enhance accountability from the government on matters related to security.

The president, Nana Akufo-Addo had earlier indicated that the newly-created ministry will work to improve Ghana’s security and freedom.

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Appearing before the Appointments Committee of parliament on Friday, Mr Dapaah reiterated that the Ministry of National Security will be focusing on security-related issues like illegal mining and the recent incidents of post-election violence.

He said “as we go along, we should find a way of stopping such behavior [as the post-election distrubances] and I think the creation of a Ministry for National Security will then enable the ministry and the secretariat to be more accountable to the people of Ghana because we have to report to Parliament this time.”

On the issue of illegal mining, Mr Dapaah described it as “one of the major security challenges”, adding that “I think we should find a way to deal with it in a manner that can stop it.”

Meanwhile, the National Security Minister-designate at the vetting denied claims he did nothing to avert a cocaine haul in Ghana during his tenure as minister in the Kufuor administration.

He said he was not at post when the ship carrying cocaine docked in Ghana.

He explained that he was appointed as Interior Minister on May 5, 2006, but the said ship docked on May 3, 2006.

He said it took him more than a week to take office and cannot, therefore, be accused of being aware and doing nothing about it.

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