Claims of heightened insecurity false – Felix Kwakye Ofosu
Mr. Kwakye-Ofosu stated that the Mahama-government has over the years taken steps to fully resource the security agencies to effectively protect lives and property within the country.
He argued that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is capitalizing on the murder of their colleague to make false claims about the state of security in Ghana.
“I do not believe that there is a sense of general insecurity. There are countries that are more developed, more advanced, have better security arrangements but on a daily basis suffer this kind of incidents. It is attractive to do politics with this but I don’t think that it is reasonable,” he said during a panel discussion on Joy FM’s News File on Saturday.
J. B. Danquah-Adu was murdered in the early hours of Tuesday in his home at Shiashie in Accra.
The NPP subsequently put out a list of unresolved murders which have occurred in the country over the last few years and called on the security operatives to step up efforts in protection Ghanaian citizens.
According to the Deputy Minister however, that list which was put out by the NPP was unnecessary.
“It was unnecessary. We can discuss the need for heightened security in the wake of this particular incident; that we can discuss but I don’t think it was proper for them to have used the murder of their colleague. They ought to have shown more sensitivity to the family and avoided this sort of thing,” he said.
He indicated that the Mahama-government has over the years taken steps to fully resource the security agencies to effectively protect lives and property within the country.
“Any objective observer will tell you that today, the Police look smarter and more prepared for the job,” he argued, adding that, “in recent times, they have covered themselves in glory. They beat the Metropolitan Police in the UK to it when they arrested the suspect who slipped through British security recently and they have demonstrated competence.”
“We have security agencies which have a proven track record in carrying out their work. Our role as a government is to resource them as well as offer any form of support that they require to do their job,” he remarked.
Mr. Kwakye-Ofosu however, admitted that “of course as a developing country, we will face certain constraints…but to the best of my knowledge, we have done what many other governments have been unable to do in the past.”
“Of course there are lapses in their operational procedure and some of the outcomes of the things they do…but I don’t think any objective analyst can say that as a government we have not done what needs to be done.”
He nonetheless stressed that in his view, “there is no logical basis to say that there is a sense of heightened insecurity.”
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