General News of Thu, 31 Mar 20160
'Ghana not terror target' - US Ambassador
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Porter Jackson, has stated that Ghana is currently not a prime target for terrorist groups across the world.
He said the unpredictable nature of terrorist groups should encourage countries across the globe, including Ghana, to always put measures in place to stop terror attacks.
Mr. Jackson said terror attacks in the US, France and recently, Belgium strongly indicate that no country is immune from the threat posed by terrorist groups.
The US envoy made the remarks when he addressed section of the press in Kumasi during a courtesy call on the Ashanti Regional Minister, John Alexander Ackon on Tuesday morning.
According to Mr. Jackson, terrorism, which leads to loss of lives and destruction of properties, has become a global phenomenon in recent years, stressing the need for countries to collaborate to tackle the canker.
He expressed optimism that effective partnership between countries in the world would go a long way to help neutralize the activities of terrorists and prevent the deaths of innocent people and destruction of properties.
. “We need to work together to deal with terror attacks,” Mr. Jackson, who was accompanied by his wife and other top officials at the US Embassy in Ghana, stated.
He said he would use his short stay in the region to know more about the clashes between Fulani herdsmen and Agogo people and the Tafo conflict between Muslim youth and indigenes of the town, two issues which pose threat to security in Ghana.
Mr. Jackson said that he would also find ways to deepen economic and social ties in order to boost the cordial relationship between Ghana and the US.
Mr. Ackon announced that the security situation at Tafo had improved recently, adding that “the improvement has led to the change in the curfew time from 4am to 8pm to 4am to 11pm.”
He said that his outfit was working around the clock to solve all issues regarding the Tafo clashes to promote peace in the area.
The Regional Minister also said that the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) had deployed security personnel to public gatherings and sensitive places in the region to help prevent terror attacks in the area.
Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu and Francis Dodovi, Spokesperson of the Ashanti Regional Minister, were among top officials that were present at the meeting which was held at the RCC.