Push out NPP govt instead of IGP - Minority

Source: Ghana|myjoyonline.com
Date: 2nd-march-2018 Time:  11:50:52 am

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The Minority in Parliament has said the "extremely frightening" insecurity in the country is down to an aloof President Nana Akufo-Addo, who has demonstrated "he just doesn't care".

At a press conference Friday, Minority spokesperson on Interior, James Agalga, said after a series of daring daylight robberies, the President is "yet to utter a word of comfort to scared Ghanaians".

Rather, the President has persisted in globetrotting and giving "speeches of doubtful importance". The President is in his seventh of a 10-day tour of Togo, USA, and Germany.

Two major daylight robberies in Accra and Tema within 48 hours have strengthened statistics that paint a grim picture of a fragile security in the country.

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There has been more than 40% increase in robberies reported in January 2017 alone.

Ghanaians have berated the government for doing little to ensure safety. Sections of the public and leading politicians including Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim have called for the Inspector General of Police David Asante-Apeatu to be sacked.

The IGP has in response called the shots, making 11 major changes within the police hierarchy.

His Director in charge of Operations, COP George Dampare, has been yanked off to a desk where he will be in charge of research.

But the Minority has sympathised with the IGP over the escalation in insecurity. To the NDC MPs, the problem is "simply bigger" than the embattled police chief.

James Agalga explained the IGP is only in charge of operational matters and suggested the problem is a matter of policy.

The Builsa North MP said, policy matters are determined by the Police Council which is chaired by the Vice-President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia.

He listed what he described as the "most heavily populated security structure" under Akufo-Addo.

The President he said has a Minister for National Security as well as a Minister of State in charge of Security at the Presidency.

He also has a National Security advisor, a National Security Coordinator, Director of Presidential Security and traditional ones like Interior and Defence Ministers including the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

He explained that these positions have done little to address the insecurity in the country.

The calls to sack the IGP is therefore "misplaced", the National Democratic Congress MP who was deputy Interior Minister under the Mahama administration said.

"...so those of you calling for the IGP to be sacked, you should be calling for the NPP as a whole to be sacked including the Vice-President," he said to cheers from his fellow MPs.


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