The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is advocating for more engagements between security agencies and people living in border communities to foster efficient management of the country’s borders.
This is contained in a report released by CDD-Ghana after the latest survey conducted to gather information on security in communities close to the various borders.
In the maiden report on Border Community Monitoring, CDD-Ghana reports that there appears to be a seemingly cordial relationship between residents in the observed border communities and the security agencies.
Although the survey uncovered that community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, and other state institutions, have been proactive in organizing meetings with residents of border communities to discuss security, safety, and terrorism awareness, some communities were not engaged by any stakeholder to discuss security, safety, and terrorism awareness within the reporting period.
It is particularly due to this that CDD-Ghana wants the engagement between the security agencies to be enforced to reach all communities.
“There is also the need for all security agencies to welcome this laudable initiative by CSOs in establishing platforms for continuous engagement with citizens and citizen groups across the various border communities in the country. CDD-Ghana believes that this initiative, with the support of the security agencies, will deepen the existing relationship with members of the communities,” the advocacy group notes in the recommendation part of the report.
It adds, “We believe that frequent engagements between the security agencies and members of the border communities, through organised forums, will foster greater collaboration between citizens and security personnel for more efficient management of the country’s borders.”
Click HERE to read the full CDD-Ghana report on the survey.