SECURITY is paramount to every nation. This is because no nation can develop in an atmosphere of insecurity.
The people need to be assured of their safety and security in order to go about their daily activities, and every government is enjoined to institute measures to curb acts capable of engendering insecurity in the country.
That is why the Times welcomes the Minister of the Interior’s caution to the private security organisa-tions not to get closer to election activities to forment trouble.
The Times regards this caution as very timely, because matters concerning elections have the potential of creating insecurity.
The nation is already polarised by politics, with each political group determined to win power at all costs, and we need to guard against acts that can lead to political violence.
We do acknowledge that the private security organisations are playing very crucial roles in the maintenance of law and order.
They complement the efforts of the national security agencies, particularly the Ghana Police Service, in providing security at institutions, and must be commended and given all the necessary support.
It is, however, an undeniable fact that the personnel of these organisa-tions can easily be influenced and misdirected to engage in acts inimical to the nation’s progress and stability.
Recent developments in the country attest to this fact. It is possible certain politicians may engage the services of personnel of these organisations to guard their homes and offices, or as body guards, but attempt to use them as terror squads to attack or intimidate political opponents. This cuts across the political divide.
There is no problem with the political parties employing the services of these organisations, but it is very essential that the parties are not allowed to exploit the situation and coerce the personnel to engage in acts which can destabilise the nation.
The Times believes it’s about time the operations of the private security organisations were strictly monitored, or regulated in the national interest.