23 C
Accra
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
No menu items!

No brutalities recorded in voter register demos in my time- President Akufo-Addo

Must Read

Security for 2020 election will be robust & decisive – Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Dr. Sayibu Pabi Gariba, Director of Operations, Ghana Police Service, says security for this...

First degree now minimum qualification for teaching at Basic Schools – Minister

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education, has stated the minimum qualification for teaching at any of the...

US Elections: Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate - the first black woman...

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the Tamale demonstration undertaken by some opposition political parties regarding the voters’ register passed off without any incident, a clear departure from the unfortunate past.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “five (5) years ago, we had demonstrations in Accra calling for a new, credible register, in which some citizens were maimed and brutalised. Indeed, a citizen, young Justice Adzakuma, lost his eye, and died last year. May God bless his soul.”

He continued, “Today, we are having peaceful demonstrations in Tamale, this time protesting against the decision of the Electoral Commission, whose constitutional remit it is to compile an electoral register, to have now a new, improved register. Fortunately, in this new era, there are no casualties. God bless Ghana.”

The President made this known on Tuesday, January 14, when he delivered the opening address at the 71st New Year School, at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana, Legon, on the theme “Attaining Ghana Beyond Aid: Challenges and Prospects”.

Stressing that “Ghana Beyond Aid is meant to be more than a slogan”, President Akufo-Addo stated that “it is meant to change our mindset from one of dependency, to one of achieving our destiny. It is meant to put us in charge of our own affairs, and make us truly independent”.

He, thus, urged the Ghanaian people to “believe in ourselves, we can do it, especially in this new decade, in this new century, in which hope, optimism and progress will define the unfolding Ghanaian reality”.

Describing the terrorist outrages taking place in the Sahel and in northern Nigeria as “the greatest security challenge facing the nations of ECOWAS”, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that Armed Forces and security agencies have to be on full alert to confront this unwanted menace.

“We are the authors of the Accra Initiative, which seeks to strengthen co-ordination and co-operation between the security and intelligence agencies of Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Ghana, who have lately been joined by Mali and Niger,” he said.

The President added that “We are required also to deny the terrorists and violent extremists any space by marshalling the rapid development of the areas in the northern parts of our country, which provide the most obvious targets of recruitment. We have to employ a comprehensive counter terrorism strategy”.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Security for 2020 election will be robust & decisive – Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Dr. Sayibu Pabi Gariba, Director of Operations, Ghana Police Service, says security for this...

First degree now minimum qualification for teaching at Basic Schools – Minister

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education, has stated the minimum qualification for teaching at any of the Basic Schools in Ghana is...

US Elections: Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate - the first black woman and Asian American in the...

Wa: PWDs demand user-friendly public toilets

The ‘10-year moratorium’ to make all public facilities and infrastructure accessible to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), ended four years ago. Yet, public toilets in...

EC commended for compiling new voters’ register for 2020 Elections

The EC has been commended for its efforts to put together a credible voter’s register ahead of the 2020 elections. This came to light...

More Articles Like This