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29.12.2007 General News

WATCH THEM!... National Security Minister Warns

By Winston Tamakloe, Ho -

THE Minister for National Security, Francis Poku, has urged Ghanaians to be wary of affluent people who lure them to foment trouble in their bid to become chiefs.

Mr. Poku was addressing the annual WASSA (West African Soldiers Social Activity) of the 66 Artillery Regiment at Ho on Saturday which was on the theme: '66 Artillery Regiment-Partners in national development'.

He said that such actions tend to engender conflicts and thereby stall development. It is the social responsibility of the rich, to ensure that the people enjoy peace without which the country’s unity and stability could be undermined, he said.

Mr. Poku appealed to the public to expose such people who may want to use them for their selfish interests.

He told members of the regiment that peace, stability and unity are pre-requisites for accelerated development and they must therefore support efforts by the government to maintain law and order.

Speaking on the role of the Ghana Armed Forces in peace-keeping on the international scene, he said there is the need for them to let this achievement reflect in safeguarding the security of the nation.

Lieutenant Colonel Emanuel Kortia, Commanding Officer of the Regiment, called on civil society to partner the Armed Forces to sustain democracy, good governance and rule of law through their vigilance.

nance and rule of law through their vigilance. He said the regiment and other security agencies are ready to curb conflicts in the region and commended the Regional Coordinating Council for providing them logistical support.

Mr Kofi Dzamesi, the Regional Minister, acknowledged the unique role the regiment played in international peace-keeping operations which has enhanced Ghana’s image as a peace-loving nation with a stable economy worth investing in.

Awards and certificates were presented to deserving soldiers as well as the regiment’s civilian staff. The Overall Best Award in Detachment and Commander’s Competition (2006), was won by Bombadier Worlango Obimpeh.

As part of the ceremony, a 15-member resident band of the Regiment- The Supreme Canons- was outdoored.