June 20, 2024
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Fighting terrorism in Ghana, EU launches programme in Tamale

The European Union (EU) has launched its third component of a security programme targeting the prevention of pre-and-post-electoral violence, counter violent extremism, terrorism, and organised crime in the country.

The idea is to develop three major lines of execution including reducing the risk of political violence, peace building and early prevention systems, and strengthening the Ghana Police Service in intelligence, prevention of radicalism and violent extremism.

The project is funded by the EU and implemented by three actors to tackle the fight against terrorism from various parts. These are; the National Commission for Civic Education, leading the processes of public awareness, COGINTA, a Swiss non-governmental organisation supporting government and non-governmental actors to resolve conflicts and reduce violence, and the Foundation for Public Policies and Administration, a Spanish cooperation entity.

Preventing Electoral Violence and Providing Security to the Northern Border Regions of Ghana (NORPREVSEC) is being implemented within 27 months in the Northern, North-East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West regions.

EU Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Irchad Razaaly, addressing the launch in Tamale, indicated that, empowering civil society and local NGOs through their involvement in NORPREVSEC would help tackle violent extremism and radicalization, especially among the youth.

The relevant security agencies, representatives of Civil Society Organisations, local government authorities, community stakeholders, and international actors such as Interpol, Europol and Frontex attended the launch.

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, the Northern Regional Minister, lauded the programme, saying it had come at a right time when national efforts at maintaining security needed to be strengthened.

Although the country had not recorded terrorism, regional and world dynamics have been shifting in recent years exposing the country to new security challenges.

This has necessitated the programme, under which national and international experts would cooperate to minimize the terrorist threats in the five regions of the north, build resilience and secure peace, he said.

NORPREVSEC will contribute to peace and stability in the northern regions of Ghana and prevent violent extremism and terrorism, Jose Javier Gutierrez Blanco-Navarrete, the Spanish Ambassador to Ghana, said.

This a threat of growing concern particularly because of the spill-over from the Sahel. Spain is committed to fighting against this scourge in Ghana, in the region and globally.

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