Minister askes security agencies to sustain peace in the North

Mr Bani inspecting a guard in honourThe Interior Minister, Mr. Prosper Bani, has met heads of security institutions in the Northern Region, to ascertain their readiness ahead of the 2016 general elections.

They included the Heads of the Ghana Police, Prisons, Immigration and the Fire Services and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

The Minister also used the opportunity to call on the Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Abdallah Abubakari and the Regional Election Security Task force.

Briefing him, the Regional Minister said the region had been relatively peaceful over the past six months and assured that everything possible would be done to maintain the peace.

He attributed the peace to the vigilance of the Regional Security Council, supported by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Security Councils across the region.

“The region is calm, except for the anxiety of the elections; I don’t think we have serious issues to worry about,” he stressed.

According to the Regional Minister, the people were becoming aware of the growing need for peace in the area and have largely assisted the security in the region with information flow.

He said the Regional Security Task Force had identified 81 flashpoints and would beef-up security around such areas to avoid clashes during the polls.

Touching on chieftaincy disputes in the region, Mr. Abubakari mentioned Yendi and Damongo as the substantive issues but noted that laid down procedures were being followed to address the impasse.

At separate meetings with the security heads, however, Mr. Bani said, they had a duty to ensure the polls were peaceful in the area.

According to him, the Northern Region has been notorious for violent clashes and now was the time to change that trend.

He assured of government’s commitment to a free, fair and transparent elections which would be accepted by all the parties involved, urging his men to be professional in the discharge of their duties to avoid tagging.

On their part, the regional security heads pledged their readiness to police the elections in order to consolidate the peace of the region and the country.

They complained of the logistical constraints and appealed to the government to furnish them with the needed logistics for effective and efficient policing in the region.

Mr. Prosper Bani was accompanied by Mrs. Addelaide Annor Kumi, the Chief Director of the Interior Ministry and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor.


From Julius Yao Petetsi, Tamale


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