‘Delink appointments of security heads from politics’

Participants at a two-day national security forum, held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), have recommended the introduction of a security tenure for heads of security agencies in the country, to ensure stability in the country’s security management.

They also advocated that the appointment of security heads should be devoid of politics to promote efficiency in the work of security agencies.

This was is a communiqué adopted by the participants at the end of the forum, which brought participants from the various security agencies, researchers, the National Peace Council and religious institutions.

The programme was organised by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies of the UCC, in collaboration with the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) and the National Peace Council.

The participants deliberated on fundamental issues regarding peace and security of the nation, and to come up with strategies that would help promote the platform for the country’s socio-economic development.

The communiqué urged government and stakeholders to refrain from politicising security issue, and said that the country’s security agencies should be given the free hand to operate to promote peace.

It said there was the need for political leaders to receive basic security training, to make them security conscious.

The forum also recommended a re-think of the current system of winner takes all, and re-consider the proportional representation system.

It asked government to boldly take the necessary action towards the implementation of the Constitutional Review Commission’s recommendations.

The communiqué urged security agencies to collaborate with other agencies such as the local government in the recruitment of personnel, and asked management of the various public universities to ensure that there was proper security on campuses.

Other concerns raised were perceived corruption in the security agencies, issues of impersonation of security officers and the need for due diligence in the recruitment of individuals into the security services.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast



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