Foreign Policy and Security Analyst, Adib Saani has welcomed the development of Ghana’s first National Security Strategy Document to guide the operations of security agencies.
Mr Saani, who had been crusading for the development of a national security strategy for many years now, however expressed concern about the effective implementation of the strategy, citing stakeholder commitment and funding as major setbacks.
“I received with elation the launch of the national Security strategy document. This has been a personal crusade I have waged since 2016 and it excites me to know that we finally have one,“ Mr Saani said in a statement.
He however cautioned that “a national security strategy without stakeholder commitment or implementation funding can best be described as futile. Commitment and funding are the lifelines to realizing our security aspirations.”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the National Security Strategy Document last Monday. The President also inaugurated the new National Security Ministry building in Accra.
Processes for the development of the national security strategy document commenced in 2017 with inputs from various stakeholders including Parliament, Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies, Civil Society Organizations, and security experts.
Touting the benefits of the document, Mr Saani said the security strategy would serve as a blueprint to all security operations in the country, bringing an end to what he described as the “adhoc approach” in dealing with security matters.
“Most of the security documents in Ghana were scattered in different legislations and not up to date. For example, there is absolutely no way the Arms and Ammunition Act could have pre-empted 3D printed guns as a threat,” he said.
To ensure that the strategy stood the test of time, Mr Saani underscored the need for regular update of the document to correspond with modern and international security dynamics.
He further emphasised that the security strategy should not be substituted for good governance, access to food, water, quality healthcare, employment, among other provisions which he said were cardinal pillars of enhancing security.
“This document should be a people cantered strategy hinged on human development as against the very much accustomed to state or regime preservation technique,” he said.
He added by saying: “Everybody has a role to play, hence, the need for awareness creation. Ghanaians should be sensitized to understand that they have a role to play in protecting themselves and better securing their communities.”