The Vice-President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has reiterated the need for security agencies within the sub-region to exploit information technology to combat security threats by terrorist groups.
He said the complexities of modern technology made it possible for militants and terrorist groups to destabilize even the most powerful nations, hence the need to harness information in dealing with security concern.
Speaking at the Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and African Homeland Security Conference 2015, Mr. Amissah-Arthur called for information sharing among nations to clamp down on terrorists and insurgents.
“Threats from non-state actors such as terrorists and insurgents have made it essential for nation-States to share experiences, so that they can identify the right policies and integrate systems to achieve success, without burdening our increasingly constrained budgets,” he said.
The conference which brought together key security agencies within and across the African continent also provided an opportunity for networking and information sharing to enhance security among member states.
The Vice-President was optimistic the conference would deepen understanding on how to address the operations of Boko Haram, which had become a menace to the continent.
In a keynote address, the Chief of the Army Staff, Major-General Richard Adusei-Opoku, called for an innovative approach in addressing challenging threats posed by militants.
While commending the achievements of the military in tackling transnational crimes, Major-General Adusei-Opoku said emerging trends such as youth unemployment, population growth and cyber security and popular uprisings in West Africa offered the opportunity for critical assessment of troubled spots and predicting insecurity.
He said effective use of the internet and exchange of information among militaries was central to ensuring peace and stability of member states.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, representative of the Inspector-General of Police, and other security agencies attended the conference.
Topics such as maritime security system in West Africa and fighting terrorism, providing intelligence to troops participating in peace support operations among others were discussed at the conference.
By Malik Sullemana