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Ghanaians urged to pay tribute to security agencies

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Mr Saeed Abdul Shaqur, the Principal State Attorney in the Upper West Region, says Ghanaians must pay tribute to the security agencies, especially the military for protecting the 1992 Constitution for 30 years.

He said Ghanaians had always blamed the military for interrupting the various constitutions in the country through coup de tats but for now, there was the need to give praises to them for the maintenance and sustainability of the 1992 Constitution, which had become the envy of all people in the West Africa Sub-region.

“Once they took the blame for interrupting various constitutions through coup d’etats, they must also take the praises for 30 years of supporting the constitution uninterrupted.

“Let us give condemnations when they are due and let us also give praises when they are worth given.”   

Speaking at the 1992 Constitution Week celebration held in Wa at the weekend, Mr Shaqur argued that “About 80 per cent of the credit for the long period of 30 years of constitutional rule in Ghana must go to the military,” he said.

The Constitution Week was on the theme: “Three decades of uninterrupted constitutional rule-Revisiting Constitutional reforms.”

The Upper West Regional Offices of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), organised the Week and the Ghana Army, Police, Immigration, Customs, Fire Services and Prisons, as well as a cross section of personnel from state departments and agencies celebrated the Week.

According to Mr Shaqur, the military and other security agencies had learnt to stay in the barracks to protect and defend the people as mandated by the laws of the land, and so, they should continue with the principle to ensure that democratic rule and governance was entrenched in the country.

The Principal State Attorney, however, expressed concerns about the recruitment procedures and processes in recent times, which he described as poor and weak, allowing all types of people to find their way into the security services.

He held the view that the challenges must be addressed urgently by the authorities to give credence to the type of persons being recruited into the security sector.

Mr Shaqur said, that could only be achieved if and when laws were made to secure and insulate the security services from political interference and influences and make them true independent security services not only on paper but in all aspects of their mandate.

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