The Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul requested the European Union’s (EU) support for equipment and defence intelligence to fight terrorism in Ghana. He made this request when the EU Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency, Irchad Razaaly, visited The Square.
Hon Nitiwul emphasized on Ghana’s interest in the EU’s support to help prevent security threats in the country.
This, he said, included collaboration in fighting piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, human trafficking, maritime issues, robbery, smuggling of arms and terrorism.
He said the support will go a long way to help accomplish the newly inaugurated project named “Accra Initiative” which seeks to fight terrorism in Ghana and across West Africa. The project, according to him, will ensure the blockage of all illegal entries from the northern borders and coastal areas in the country. He reiterated Government’s effort in providing social amenities to the communities in the northern areas as a way of discouraging citizens from being recruited for terrorist activities.
HE Razaaly on the other hand, indicated that the EU was ready to deepen its relationship with Ghana and also to support its needs. He also mentioned the EU’s readiness to share experiences in the field of defence intelligence gathering and capacity building.
The visit was commemorated with a presentation of a plaque to the Ambassador by Hon Nitiwul. Present at the meeting were the Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon Kofi Amankwa-Manu, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Dr Evans A Dzikum, Principal General Staff Officer, some senior staff as well as a delegation from the EU.