Former President John Mahama has questioned motive behind the government’s quest to set up a new security agency to deal with the growing levels of insecurity in the country.
Mr. Mahama explained that, a new security agency will not be needed if the current ones are well resourced and empowered to perform their duties.
“I believe that the current government way of dealing with it in terms of setting up a new national security agency is not the way to go,” he said
He was commenting on some reports that the President had hinted at the establishment of a new security agency with a mandate for intelligence gathering on criminal activities.
Mr. Mahama reminded that one of their main problems was a lack of resources.
“We have these security services already. One of the major problems they face is lack of adequate resources to do their work so 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.”
Mr. Mahama added that, “aside from that, there must be fusion and synthesisaiton of the work of these agencies.”
The reorganisation of security agencies
President Nana Akufo-Addo earlier in May said 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 said the government had “begun the reorganisation of some of the security agencies” to enhance the intelligence-gathering capacity of the state.”
He added that: “if you have an institution that can penetrate those entities, it strengthens the hand of the state in dealing with them. We want a situation where when crimes are committed in our country, as soon as possible, the police are able to deal with it.