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Terrorism: Be vigilant and alert, Bawumia tells military

Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia has urged the military to be on alert to quell any potential terrorist attacks on Ghana.

The vice president, speaking Friday at the joint graduation ceremony at the Ghana Armed Forces Staff and Command College, said Ghanaian cannot sit aloof and not take a cue from terror attacks in the sub region.

He said the complex nature of terrorism requires constant training of the security personnel to be ready at all times.

He praised the Defence College for introducing the counter terrorism module to equip the Ghana Army and armies of neighbouring countries.
Dr Bawumia’s comments after last week’s terrorist attack in Burkina Faso which claimed 17 lives at a Turkish restaurant.

“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestation has most often eluded state security agencies. They target very sensitive areas to cause maximum fear and panic. For the students from countries like Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Mail, this was not very new to you as your countries have experienced difference acts of terrorism,” he said.

He continued: “It is my hope that the knowledge that you have acquired will go a long way in preparing your various institutions towards the fight against terrorism.

“For the Ghanaian officers, you are aware that one of the problems we are facing as a nation is the issue of illegal mining also known as galamsey.

“Some of you may be needed to assist in this fight. The president, Nana Akufo-Addo, is committed to ending this destructive impact on our forest, water bodies and agriculture.
“I, therefore, urge anybody involved in this fight to be dispassionate in ensuring that this menace is eradicated once and for all.
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“Unless we win this fight, we shall be failing in protecting the environment for prosperity.

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