The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has called on government to tighten security in the country because it has waned in the last couple of months.
Their concerns come on the heels of recent attacks on security officers in the country. A police officer was shot dead by unknown assailants on Monday, 12 June while a soldier Major Maxwell Mahama was lynched by an angry mob.
The group said: “Within a spate of two weeks the brutalities that have been recorded in the country have been unprecedented, it is not a secret anymore that our security is deteriorating and we should be particularly worried.”
According to ASEPA, during the Paris attack in 2015 which took the lives of 40 civilians and armed men, a red alert was raised by the French government and that gave the security forces an edge to counter most of the brutalities that could have been recorded afterwards, urging government should do same.
In a statement ASEPA noted that any military or police officer killed means about 10,000 people have been stripped of their security and have become vulnerable or exposed at that particular moment.
“We cannot handily tell what is causing our security to deteriorate so rapidly within the past few months, but we will entreat the current government to take charge and perhaps tighten things up a bit because the government appears not to be in control when it comes to security issues and this has been evident in the manner such fallouts have been dealt with,” the statement said.
ASEPA was of the view the prevailing insecurity can affect investor confidence.
“Government’s responsibility primarily is to create an enabling environment for business to thrive, but as it stands it appears people cannot go about their businesses anymore without fear for their lives and that is a huge disincentive to the business community,” the statement noted, adding: “Ghanaians have entrusted their lives and livelihoods into the hands of a government and they expect the government to be more sensitive and pay more attention to the important issues and address them as they safely engage the bread and butter issues.”