Whereas several Ghanaians have taken to social media, to register the general feeling of insecurity in the country, in the face of several armed robbery attacks, unprofessional shooting of unarmed citizens and several other security challenges, panelists on Wontumi TV's Breakfast show, insists that, the President's popular promise on security of Ghanaians, is been fulfilled.
Touting that, the Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, H. E Nana Addo, has been ensuring that, the ordinary Ghanaian, the panelist cited several instances of disorder especially in the government of John Dramani Mahama, as basis for this assertion.
He also added that, the current wave of armed robberies, were no exception, as cities like Bronx in the USA and several countries are experiencing these, because of the general worsening economic situation worldwide, due to Covid_19's massive negative impact on the wellbeing worldwide.
This assertion is not the first. Just two weeks ago, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service had said that, describing Ghana as insecure due to the crime rate in the country breeds fear and panic, as Superintendent Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman believes the word “insecurity” doesn’t reflect the reality.
In her view, the word “insecurity” has been brandished around due to the privilege some key personalities enjoy on the media space. “In the last few days, people have used the word insecurity, this is because of the privilege of having the media space, and that is causing more fear and panic. It is not a reality. The use of the word must be looked at,” she said on Joy FM’s Newsfile.
“The topography of crime within the sub-region gives credence to the fact that massive work is being done by the police and the security agencies in Ghana. And that is why and how the people of Ghana and the communities in Ghana are safe. In essence, several preventive measures are taken around the clock and across the country to prevent the incidences of crime. But when a crime like the ones that you have listed occur, we see it as a breach. t’s a breach of some of our security strategies, and, therefore, extra attention is paid to those breaches in order to arrest those perpetrators so that they are not able to repeat the breaches,” the Police PRO added.
Again, the Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery had disputed the notion that Ghana is currently unsafe. Hon. Derry argued that Ghana will not be the number one destination for foreign nationals in the sub-region if it’s not safe.
“What we should know is that the criminals continue to change the modules and we have to be changing with them and the police is doing all it can. We have not lost control. I always want to emphasize that, we need to go to neighbouring countries to see what is happening there, but we are not in the same league with them. We want to do better than we are doing now, but believe me, Ghana is safe; that is why all the other countries are running to Ghana”, he had asked.
Interestingly, in a sharp rebuttal from the outspoken and critical influential voice, the President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, had questioned Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery’s stance, as the renowned, Franklin Cudjoe, finds it hard to accept Ambrose Dery’s position on the matter.
He wonders why there was the need to intensify security for Members of Parliament at some point, while in the case of the ordinary Ghanaian, he or she has to be merely grateful for the relative peace and security in the country.
“The Interior Minister suggests that Ghana is relatively safer than other countries. He was the same person who suggested that the country wasn’t safe, so we needed police protection for the MPs. What informed this type of talk? In one breath, MPs need to be provided with police protection because the country is not safe and in another, the country is relatively safe. It appears as if the citizenry is lost in all these conversations” he had lamented.
In conclusion, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) totally disagrees with this assertion of the panelists on Wontumi TV, as it has accused the government of laxity in the protection of Ghanaians.
The Ranking Member on the Defence and Interior Committee in Parliament, James Agalga, who had addressed the media on the caucus’ behalf stressed that the killing of policemen in such attacks was further worsening the police-to-civilian ratio in the country citing that:
"“Four more years for Nana [Akufo-Addo] has begun with a rise in crime. Ghanaians no longer feel safe compared to our immediate past. Violent crime-related cases, particularly robbery, are shaking the foundations of our nation, and it is only fair and a duty for us to call on the Nana Akufo-Addo administration to up its game.”
“We are calling on the President, Chairman of the Security Council, Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces to ensure the peace and security in a country that has remained an oasis of peace in a troubled region is not compromised”, he had said.