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Peace and security issues should not be politicized – Forum

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, July 14,
GNA – Ghanaians have been urged to refrain from politicizing peace and security
issues as it compounded security problems in the country.

This advice was stated
in a communique issued at the end of a maiden National Security Forum on
“Ghana’s Peace and Security 60 years on: Successes, challenges and prospects,”
in Cape Coast on Thursday.

The two-day forum was
organised by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of University of Cape
Coast in collaboration with the Foundation for Security and Development in
Africa (FOSDA) under the auspices of the National Peace Council (NPC).

It provided the
platform for experts and stakeholders in the security sector and its related
areas and the public to interrogate, share views and also make recommendations
on how to improve security in the country.

The participant also
stressed the need for a national security policy to serve as a road map to
address the critical security problems of the country.

It said Ghana faced
serious security problems which could undermine its peace and stability, hence
the need for a collective and proactive action by all stakeholders to address
and promote security in the country.

It cited tribal and
chieftaincy conflicts, land guard issues, menace of illegal mining, mob
justice, vigilantism, poverty, unemployment, natural disaster among others as
the major security problems threatening the peace of the country.

The forum discussed
civil society’s contributions to peace and security in Ghana, the National
Peace Council so far; contributions to peace and security; security
institutions in Ghana: assets or liabilities.

Other topics discussed
included Ghana’s peace and security 60 years on: Successes, challenges and
prospects, peace and security education in Ghana: what should the Ghanaian
know, 4th republic transitional processes and security: lessons learnt and
security and gender: critical issues.

The communiqué urged
the Government to take necessary actions towards the implementation of the
recommendations of the Constitutional Review Commission.

It recommended that
appointment of security heads be devoid of politics to promote efficiency and
called for the introduction of a security of tenure for service chiefs and
heads of security services to promote stability in security management.

The communiqué said
there was the need for a coherent peace education in the country starting from
the basic schools and recommended that political leaders be given basic
security training to make them more security conscious.

It said due diligence
must be done in the qualification of individuals into the security services and
urged the security agencies to collaborate with other agencies such as the
local government in the recruitment of personnel.

It encouraged all citizens
to take interest in promoting peace and volunteer relevant information to the
security agencies to enable them act timely to deal with security issues.

GNA

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