Prioritizing Security In Ghana

Security, in simple terms, is described as the state of being free from danger and threat.

Prioritising security remains an important issue for the socio-economic development of countries all over the globe and Ghana is no exception.

The state has the utmost responsibility for the security of all persons under its jurisdiction and the object of state security should be citizen-centred which does not threaten democracy and human rights.

Democracy requires a security sector which is responsible and responsive to the needs of the people.

In contemporary era, the security of the state is grounded by a well-trained and professional Armed Forces which is responsible for maintaining external security of the state.

The Police especially, and other security agencies are also responsible in maintaining law and order in our domestic affairs. Therefore, prioritising security in this country is an important value that will be fit to meet the demands of the 21st century and calls for a paradigm shift of arrangements for safety of every member of the society.

The Armed Forces are capable of handling any external aggression or invasion of the country due to their professionalism exhibited at various international peace operations. Statistics show that the government had provided significant financial assistance to upgrade its logistical bases and welfare requirements. The Armed Forces are also driven by the desire to respond to all internal dynamics in close collaboration with the Police.

Internally, the nation will be fighting a lost battle on security if our numerous domestic issues and challenges confronting us are not addressed.

This is because our domestic issues are gradually posing as security threats to our existence and can combine in conflict formation. The establishment of the National Peace Council is a clear indication of bringing all relevant stakeholders to address peaceful co-existence and stability in the country.

We must however be mindful that activities of such bodies do not transform it into offspring of any political party or government. It is to be noted with pride that our current state of security is on top of issues but we need to work harder to provide maximum security to the people.

It will interest you to know that, from 2014 – 2022, Ghana achieved a crime rate index of 46.81. This is an achievement though as compared to other countries on the continent. Ghana is ranked the 2nd safest country in Africa after Mauritius which is ranked 28th in the world.

Government and corporate bodies must adopt strategies to safeguard the security of its people. Security as a concept must be prioritised and made easy to all. Security is a shared responsibility!

David Wilson Asetena-Krah, MSc.

(Security Consultant)


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