There is a preponderance of reports that indicates that, there is a rise in the incidence of terror attacks in Africa, especially West Africa, and this is a growing concern for all member countries.
On May 11, about 60 attackers on motorcycles launched a “violent terrorist attack” on a military post in Kpinkankandi – near the border with Burkina Faso – killing eight Togolese soldiers and wounding 13, the government said at the time.
After this incidence the minister of National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah, served notice to the general public, charging them to be vigilant, in the wake of increased terrorist attacks in the sub-region.
According to him, the activities of terrorists have become prevalent in recent times, and therefore the need for all citizens to pay closer attention to their ‘personal and communal security”.
In a statement on Tuesday, May 17, the sector Minister disclosed that, based on information available to his outfit, Ghana has become a country of interest to terrorists; hence the need for all persons to be on guard.
“The Ministry is making a strong appeal for heightened vigilance in areas of mass gatherings, especially at public places of entertainment and worship, such as churches and mosques. The employment of guards, security gadgetry and lighting of the areas surrounding the areas of public gatherings would all help, but nothing beats the vigilance of each of us individuals, taking personal responsibility and looking out for each other.
This appeal is being made because there is good reason to believe that the terrorists operating within the region have Ghana as a target and there is need to increase security measures and engage the public to be more careful”, portions of the statement read.
In the opinion of this newspaper, this is a matter that should be taken with all the seriousness it deserves.
Regrettably, most of our entry points are porous and poorly managed, which makes us vulnerable should the terrorists decide to enter the country and strike.
The practice where officials working at our entry points, especially the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), where the openly demand bribes from passengers, is a dangerous practice that must stop.
Protecting lives and properties is a shared responsibility that all stakeholders must priorities.