The Minority caucus in Parliament has called on Ghanaians to exercises their franchise in the 2020 general elections properly by voting out the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to maintain peace in the country.
According to the Minority instead of the persistent calling for the sacking or resignation of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, in the wake of increased crime in the country, Ghanaians should rather sack the Nana Akufo Addo led government.
The Minority made the call at a press conference on Friday March 2, 2018, in parliament, Accra.
Addressing the Media in the wake of recent robbery and killing in the country, the Minority Ranking Member on Defence and Interior committee of parliament, James Agalga, said following series of daring daylight robberies within 48 hours, President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government should be held responsible for doing little to secure lives and property.
“Those of you calling for the IGP to be sacked, I think is premature, you should be calling for the NPP as a whole to be sacked including the Vice-President.”
The Vice President is Chairman for the police council with a number of government appointees. The Presidency is in charged of the security council, so they must be held accountable, the IGP alone could not do anything, he is just an individual,” he said.
Mr Agalga who is Member of Parliament fir Builsa North emphasised that Ghana is not safe under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo and the only way Ghanaians could have their peace and go about their normal duties is to sack the government.
“Ghana under President Akufo-Addo is not a safe place to be. The president appears to care less about the unlawful activities of pro-NPP vigilante groups. He failed to act at the very outset of his administration when a police officer was assaulted at the presidency.
“In the midst of these extremely frightening security situations, the president prefers to globetrot and rub shoulders with world leaders and deliver speeches of doubtful importance and is yet to utter a word of comfort to scared Ghanaians,” he stated.
He continued, “It is almost as if Ghana has no leader. All this is happening at a time President Akufo-Addo has set up the most heavily populated security architecture comprising National Security Minister, Minister in charge of National Security, Minister of Interior, Minister of Defence, National Security Advisor, National Security Coordinator, Director of Presidential Security, Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defence Staff, Director of BNI, Director of Defence Intelligence, Director of Research amongst others.”
The Minority spokesperson on Defence and Interior also accused the President of filling Ghana’s security agencies with members of Delta Forces and Invincible Forces which has contributed to heightened insecurity and lawlessness in the country.
The former Deputy Minister for Interior pointed that in the wake of the violence and lawlessness perpetrated by some supporters of NPP soon after the party took office on January 7, 2017, including attack on a Security Coordinator in the Ashanti Region and the storming of a court to release suspects standing trial, “the NDC called on President Akufo-Addo to immediately disband and demobilise the Invincible and Delta Forces as well as other militant groups operating under the NPP.
But the President never took action to stem the crippling lawlessness and insecurity and rather rewarded them by integrating many of these criminal elements into national security.
“We are reliably informed that members of these militant groups have recently undergone training at a camp at Asutsuare belonging to the military. We are further informed that the instructors include two South African mercenaries who were deported from the country in 2016 in the run-up to the general elections,” Mr Agalga said.
The Minority further accused the government over the rising spate of robberies and crime across the country, including “the killing of police in the line of duty, is unacceptable and requires action”.
Sources:www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba