November 27, 2017

Member of Parliament for North Tongu(MP), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has alerted Parliament to haul the Minister for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah before the House to brief and involve representative of the people in the counter-terrorism simulation exercise it intend to embark on.

He drew the attention of the House to this exercise when the leader of government business, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu presented the business statement on the floor of the House.

According to the North Tongu legislator, a press conference has been organized by officials from the National Security during which the impending anti-terrorism simulations exercise was made known.
As representatives of the people, “we be informed about this exercise and why it must be organized as quickly as possible”.

The news about a simulation exercise comes at a time when some foreign missions have hinted of the possibility of terror attack on Ghana.

In its security alert to its citizens visiting Ghana, the Canadian Embassy, in August this year said, “there is a threat of terrorism.

Terrorist targets could include shopping malls, government buildings, and public areas such as bars, restaurants, hotels and sites frequented by Westerners. Be aware of your surroundings in public places.”

Around that same period, the UK Embassy in Ghana also stated “terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana.

While there have been no recent attacks in Ghana, terrorist groups in West Africa have demonstrated their capability and intent by mounting attacks in 2015 and 2016 in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali, targeting beach resorts, hotels, cafes and restaurants visited by foreigners”.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/