About 30 Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, have been deployed to border communities in the northern part of the country to raise awareness among community members on terrorism and security consciousness.
As part of their tasks, the CSOs will organize community fora every month and invite security experts to talk about terrorism. They will also use radio stations in the communities to discuss the security situations in the area.
This is to enable community members, especially landlords and landowners, to identify and report any suspicious character in their communities, to help avert any extremist tendencies or attacks.
Ahead of the deployment, representatives of the CSOs attended a training workshop in Tamale to build capacity on the threat of terrorism and the roles expected of them. Programmes Manager, of CDD-Ghana, Nana Kwabena Aborampah Mensah, said the CSOs, who will be on the field from now till March next year, with their activities focusing in communities, including Saboba, Chereponi, Gushegu, Bole and Navrongo, and submit their findings to the Ministry of National Security for appropriate actions to be taken.
An Assistant Director, at the Ministry for the Interior, Amina King Mohammed urged the participating CSOs to feed the National Security with accurate information from the field.
The community education activity, which aims at enhancing citizens’ participation in border security, is being championed by the Centre for Democratic Development – Ghana (CDD-Ghana), in collaboration with the US Embassy in Ghana and the Ministry of National Security.