Ghana's National Security okayed; compared to int'l best practices

Ghana’s national security apparatus is not broken but wholesome, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Institute for Security, Disaster and Emergency Studies has stated.

Dr Ishmael Norman says the structure of Ghana’s National Security is the same as compared to top countries with the common law system.

He said just like a corporate entity, the President is the Chairman, the Minister of National Security is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) while the Chief Operating Officer (COO) is the National Security Coordinator.

Dr Norman made this observation known on Thursday, June 10 at a virtual forum on the #FixTheCountry social media campaign.

Hosted by Media General, the forum is on the theme: ‘Fixing Ghana: Whose Job is it and How?’.

Speaking on security, Dr Norman gave a thumbs-up to the the kind of model run by the National Security Council, saying: “This model is found in just about every institution in Ghana and everywhere.

“Below the National Security Coordinator are the Directors-General of the intelligence agencies such as the Army, the Police, Fire Service, Immigration and so on and so forth that fall under the National Security umbrella.”

He lauded the National Security, for instance, in the handling of terrorist threats against Ghana.

“On this score, I can say that National Security has achieved a lot of successes which we may not know about and it should continue to do it because Ghana has been spared of terrorist attacks [though] we need to watch the northern part of our country really well in consideration of the development in Burkina Faso and other parts of the countries in the Maghreb and as well as in the Volta Region.”

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Dr Norman insisted that the modus operandi of National Security is not supposed to be known by all.

But he was concerned the recent change in the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) – albeit good – was defeated by the way and manner in which the National Security operatives raided Citi FM/TV after journalist Caleb Kudah filmed some abandoned cars at the premises of the National Security Ministry.

The security expert was also critical of the legislative arm of government for failing in its oversight responsibilities to ensure that the National Security officers operate within the law as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana