Be vigilant to secure the nation from terrorist attacks – NCCE

National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has urged Ghanaians to be extra vigilant to secure the nation from terrorist attacks.

It said the increasing activities of terrorists and violent extremists in neighbouring countries called for all to be vigilant and contribute to securing the nation against the threat.

Mr Mornah Jesurun Ninge, the Lawra Municipal Director of the NCCE, made the call during the Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) meeting in Lawra on the threat of terrorism and violent extremism in the country.

The meeting forms part of the implementation of the Preventing Electoral Violence and Providing Security to the Northern Border Regions of Ghana by the NCCE with funding from the European Union.

Mr Ninge said the Commission conducted a survey in the 14 border regions on violent extremism and found it necessary to create the awareness on it to empower the populace against such activities.

The engagement with the IPDCs is, therefore, aimed at enhancing their understanding of peace building mechanisms, community-based mechanisms for preventing violent extremism including identifying early warning signals, community surveillance and basic community-based strategies for addressing arms proliferation.
Mr Mohammed Abubakar, the Regional Internal Auditor, who represented the Regional Director of the Commission, called on participants to tolerate one another despite their ethnic, religious and political backgrounds to promote national cohesion.

He urged them to share the knowledge gained with their peers and relations and be responsible for the fight against violent extremism.

DSP Amarteyfio, the Nadowli-Keleo District Police Commander, who took participants through the Public Order Act (Act 491), urged them to be guided by it in their activities.

He said it was their duty to enforce and maintain law and order in the society for the protection of lives and property.

He, therefore, reminded them on the need to hand over suspected criminals to the police and desist from taking the law into their own hands, while calling on the public to cooperate with the police in crime reporting and investigation.

Mr Bedi John Bosco, the Upper West Regional Human Rights Director, said violent extremism was an act of condoning and enacting violence with ideological or deliberate intent.

That could be religious or political violence, which could result in the elimination or causing harm to opponents, he said.
He urged participants to take note of the movement of strangers in their communities and report their actions to the authorities for investigations.

He advised the participants to establish community surveillance groups in consultation with the Ghana Police Service to track down on the activities of extremist and other criminal activities that disturbed the peace.

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