Bawumia, UK Armed Forces minister deliberate on security matters

The two discussed various regional security issues affecting Ghana including maritime security, terrorism and smuggling

Vice-president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has held discussions with James Heappey, Minister for Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, at the Jubilee House.

The discussions focused on various regional security issues affecting Ghana including maritime security, terrorism and smuggling.

“These matters are major security and economic threats in Africa with devastating consequences.

“Given that Ghana and the UK are vital security partners, we agreed that our two countries needed to work together to tackle these problems to further deepen our cooperation,” Bawumia posted on Facebook.

Stimulation exercise

Meanwhile, a joint simulation exercise was held by personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service and the National Ambulance Service to demonstrate skills attained in preventing violence extremism and terrorism, to their UK guest at the Police Headquarters, Accra.

Heappey who is on a visit to Ghana, was accompanied by the UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker and the Defense Advisor Alastair Mckechnie to see how effectively the Police-led inter agency team is using the UK-sponsored mobile training equipment, blank armour and simulation improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Boosted relationship

The minister expressed excitement in the existing partnership between UK and Ghana. He also said he could see how trainings arranged between the two countries on countering terrorism and extremism has equipped the personnel and would help security in general.

“No matter how the plan is, it depends on how you execute it on the ground,” he stated.

The visiting team were received by a team of Ghanaian officers from the various agencies, led by COP George Alex Mensah, Director-General Services who represented the Inspector-General of Police on the occasion. COP Mensah expressed gratitude to the UK for the support in the security sector throughout the years.

The simulation exercise was under the supervision of Chief Superintendent Adofiem Raymond Wejong, Commanding Officer, Counter Terrorism Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

Fred Dzakpata

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