Gbevlo Lartey

Lt. Col. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (rtd)

The replacement or removal of the National Security Coordinator and for that matter, the reconfiguration of the National Security Council, did not surprise many Ghanaians, especially authorities at the University of Ghana.

As the last group of Ghanaians to suffer the sting of the retired Lt. Col. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, the Vice Chancellor and his team at the helm of the premier tertiary institution certainly relished the newspaper headlines and the stories which followed the crash of the man who appeared not to care a hoot about anybody, save of course his and NDC interests.

The need to change the modus operandi of the National Security Council, especially the coordinator, is long overdue and although we are nowhere near seeing any such rewriting of the operating manual, we can heave a sigh of relief that a new face is heading national security coordination.

Although the maintenance or otherwise of the national security council remains the prerogative of the President, the old order appeared to have witnessed diminishing returns and was beginning to even incense the citizenry each time Gbevlo-Lartey?s name made the newspapers, and they always did.

He was the face of the National Security Council ? a reality which did not help the image of the organization a bit throughout his tenure.

We observed as did many Ghanaians, that for the first time in the history of the operations of the National Security Council the coordinator was all over the place virtually becoming a serial caller on the FM stations with ubiquitous presence on social media.

Whereas the national security operatives are hardly seen in the media in the complex democracies, the opposite is what obtains here, especially under the man who is still clearing his desk at the Blue Gate.

As for the reassignment which he is awaiting, it is a routine language used when managing the fallouts from such actions and might not materialise after all.

National security is not madness or Rambo-like missions as witnessed under this man; and we are constrained to point out that the rule of law has never been so threatened as it did under this man.

A fine opportunity has dawned on us to take another look at the National Security Council and the operations of its operatives. It is not enough to pack the place with party activists and retired military and police officers ? as it is the case currently ? who hide behind the screens after sending bad boys to go and misbehave in town.

The new man in charge has a big task on his hands: the mess his predecessor is bequeathing to him can only be imagined. Let him be his own man by stamping his authority, lest the Gbevlo baggage impede his progress.

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