President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday launched a National Security Strategy to enable the security services to deal effectively with existing, new and emerging threats to the country.
The Strategy also aims at maintaining Ghana as an open, tolerant, socially cohesive, peace-loving, people-centred, secure, united and prosperous constitutional democracy that upholds the rule of law.
At the launch of the document and commissioning of a new office complex for the Ministry of National Security in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said the importance of the National Security Strategy document can not be underestimated as it is necessary for the existence of Ghana’s National Security architecture.
He said the National Security Strategy also “aims to establish Ghana as a land of opportunities, with the resolve and the capability to protect her people, her culture and her values, to spur growth, development and prosperity that will inure to the well-being of her people, whilst positioning the country to play a meaningful and influential role at regional, continental and global levels.
“Once operationalised, President Akufo-Addo said, the Strategy would optimise the effectiveness of the security and intelligence sector, by revamping current systems and structures.
The strategy, he indicated, would prioritise the effective use of resources to promote effective decision-making, through an institutional system that will ensure integrated and efficient coordination in all spectrums of national security.”
The Strategy, President Akufo-Addo explained would provide a new institutional structure, which would be equipped to confront threats through rapid, coordinated and comprehensive responses.
The implementation of the National Security Strategy would be driven systematically, transparently and accountably to ensure that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) achieve their expected outcomes, which would contribute significantly to enhancing the country’s cohesion, resilience and stability, the President said.
President Akufo-Addo said the new Security and Intelligence Agencies Act (Act 1030) had made provision for the creation of a Ministerial Security Coordinating Committee, which comprises the Ministers for National Security, Defence, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Justice and Communications and Digitalisation.
“Indeed, the multifaceted nature of the National Security Strategy, which assigns different roles to the various Ministries and Agencies, underscores the need for extensive education and sensitisation on the content of the Strategy,” he said.
To enhance the implementation of the National Security Strategy, the President noted that the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies are to make specific budgetary provisions for the allocation of funds in the national budget.
“I have directed the Ministry of National Security to come up with revised timelines for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to develop their specific strategies, frameworks, policies and action plans per the National Security Strategy,” he added.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD