General News Sat, 19 Mar 2016

Terror threat: PPP demands increased security, public education

The Progressive People’s Party is demanding an increased security presence across the country and detailed public education on how to prepare for a possible terror attack on the country.

The call comes in the wake of government’s terror alert following the terrorist attack at Grand Bassam in Cote D’Ivoire.

According to reports, about 16 civilians and three members of the special forces of that country were killed, with 33 others wounded in the attack at a retreat popular with Ivorians.

President John Mahama and his security chiefs in the wake of the attack met to review the security situation in the country.

A press statement released by the Communications Minister, Omane Boamah called on Ghanaians to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious cases to the police.

Speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis programme Newfile, Deputy Interior Minister James Agalga gave tips on how Ghanaians can be vigilant.

“If somebody come to me and starts asking questions about a facility and the number of people in it at a particular time, you should ask probing questions, don’t volunteer information without asking probing questions.

“Most often people provide answers without probing to know why those questions are asked in the first place. So we are saying that we should all be conscious so when you encounter such persons and they start asking those questions, immediately you should know that something is wrong.”

However, the PPP’s Klottey Korle parliamentary aspirant and 2012 running mate Eva Lokko said the public education lacks detail.

She has therefore called for more security presence to deal with any threat.

“We want to see whether during these alert, plain clothe security persons can come around residential areas and the big places a lot of people gather on a regular basis to find out if there is anything funny going on there. A trained security person can identify certain things.”

She said there is also an urgent need for tools and equipment which will alert the security in time before anything untoward occurs.

Eva Lokko indicated that Ghana’s relationship with her neighbours is also very crucial in moments like these.

“How are we communicating with Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali’s security? It will be very comforting to know that we have such close ties with them now especially on the security bit.”

She added that the country must learn lessons from these countries and choose the one that works, “definitely there will be something we can learn from them to ensure that we are leaving no stone unturned.”

Source: Myjoyonline.com