The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security have held a stakeholder engagement in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region to deliberate on issues that will foster national cohesion and peaceful co-existence as vital aspects of developing Ghana.
The program was also aimed at building stronger national security strategy and framework for countering acts of violence, extremism and terrorism in the country.
In an interview with SandCity Radio, Chairperson for the NCCE Josephine Nkrumah stated that her Commission is poised to support in educating all relevant stakeholders across the country to fight against terrorism in the country.
She added that after several years of associating with the Ministry of National Security, the NCCE has realized that most Ghanaians engage themselves in some groups which aim at invoking public disorder.
Mrs. Nkrumah indicated that Ghana is a sovereign state and practices the unitary system of government thus it is the duty of every citizen to support the fight against any internal or external aggressors who aim at bringing instability and acts of terrorism to retard the country of its peace and development.
“Some of these citizens are lured into some groups to do what they actually don’t want to do. An example is the Western Togoland Restoration Group and the various violent acts they caused particularly in the Volta Region. These citizens are brainwashed to accept some unlawful policies and forced to engage other innocent citizens to help in undertaking their parochial interests and forgetting about the peace and development of the state.” She explained.
Mrs. Josephine Nkrumah however urged all the stakeholders who were present such as members from the National Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Concerned Youth Association, Youth Parliament, Security Services and the Media to expedite actions in assisting the NCCE and the Ministry of National Security to clamp down any group identified in the region to have intentions of breaching the peace and order in the country.
Mr. Mawuli Zanu, an Officer from the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) indicated that government is working tirelessly to ensure the survival, protection and contentment of the Ghanaian populace, adding that each citizen must also play his or her part in promoting the work of the Ministry of National Security by reporting any act of violence, extremism and terrorism to the various security agencies in the region according to the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act, 491).