The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Stephen Yakubu, has observed that the “See something, say something” campaign has helped in preventing possible terrorist attacks.
He said it has heightened the residents’ awareness on violent extremism from the Sahel Region.
Addressing a delegation from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and Ghana Refugees Board who called on him at his office in Bolgatanga on Monday, he said through the sensitization of the people in the border towns, two individuals, allegedly connected to Jihadists extremism from Burkina Faso have been arrested.
He said the campaign has opened the eyes of the residents, which has enabled them to voluntarily give information to the security agents.
The Minister also stated that the Ministry of National Security recently gave the security apparatus in the region vehicles to boost their operations.
Mr Yakubu also hinted that the recent insurgence in Burkina Faso caused some of their terrified citizens to flood the region, a reason the government has increased security presence in the region.
According to the Minister, some of these Burkinabe citizens have returned to their country but a few others have decided to stay.
He therefore, appealed to the Ghana Refugees Board to fast track the process of granting them refugee status.
The Minister seized the opportunity to thank organizations and private individuals who offered the refugees food and non-food items.
The in charge of the Regional Bureau of the UNHCR, based in Senegal, Ms Millicent Mutili, described Ghana’s hospitality as fantastic, making reference to how the country hosted refugees from Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Bala Ali, ISD