The general public must activate their watchdog roles by volunteering credible information on suspicious characters across the entire country to the security services for swift response to any imminent threats to the country, Member of Parliament (MP) for Berekum East, Mr Hanson Kyeremeh, has said.
He stated that although personnel of the security services had been professionally and technically trained to detect and prevent crimes, the public was required to relay information to the security services to facilitate their mandate of protecting the country against both internal and external aggressions.
Donating food items to 90 peace keeping military trainees at the Army Peace Operations Training School here in the Ningo-Prampram District on Tuesday, Mr Kyeremeh believed that the public was expected to build and maintain relationship with the security services and support them with the needed information to ensure the safety and security of all citizens.
He wondered why matters of security should be the preserve of the military, police, immigration and sister agencies only while the entire public remained the beneficiaries of peace and stability of the nation safeguarded by these agencies.
He was hopeful that bridging the divide between civilians and the security agencies, particularly the military, through information sharing would signal to them that the work they did on behalf of the citizens was valued and appreciated.
Commending the military trainees drawn from the 3 Infantry Batalion (3BN) in Sunyani, Mr Kyeremeh noted that his passion for security-related matters was the reason for his occasional visits to encourage and motivate them to discharge their duties for the benefit of all.
He underscored the need for diversified training and retraining of the military in the face of evolving modus operandi of attackers and adapting strategies to meet those challenges.
Receiving the items, Commanding Officer of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)-Ghana Batalion (GhanBat 89), Lieutenant Colonel John Yaw Kwateng, commended Mr Kyeremeh for recognising the importance of their operations in his region, particularly his constituency, with the donation.
He urged other well-meaning Ghanaians and organisations to emulate the gesture and to support the government, not only during such special training periods but in their daily training and preparedness to ensure the peace and stability of the country.
The training which started on May 30 was expected to end on July 29.
The items included 60 cartons of fish, five bags of maize, five bags of rice, a gallon of cooking oil and cartons of tomato paste.
FROM KEN AFEDZI-BUNDASE