Ghana: Mahama Quizzes Govt's Decision to Set Up New Security Agency

Former President John Mahama has questioned reported plans by the government to set up a new security agency to deal with the growing levels of insecurity in the country.

According to the former president, a new security agency would not be needed if the current ones are well resourced and empowered to perform their duties.

"I believe that the current government's way of dealing with it in terms of setting up a new national security agency is not the way to go," former President Mahama stressed.

He was commenting on reports that the president had hinted at the establishment of a new security agency with a mandate for intelligence gathering on criminal activities and reminded that one of their main challenges was lack of resources.

"We have the security services already, one of the major challenges they face is lack of adequate resources to do their work, I think that if you have extra resources to set up a new agency, if you resource these ones better, they will be able to improve on their efficiency, aside from that, there must be fusion and synthesisation of the work of these agencies," former President Mahama advised.

President Nana Akufo-Addo in May stated that processes had begun to improve on the intelligence-gathering capabilities of the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies.

At a meeting with the Council of Independent Churches, he indicated that the government had begun the reorganisation of some of the security agencies to enhance the intelligence-gathering capacity of the state.

President Akufo-Addo said if there was an institution that could penetrate those entities, it strengthened the hand of the state in dealing with them to ensure a situation where crimes are committed in the country, as soon as possible, the police are able to deal with it.

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