Security Agencies in the Northern Region have held a simulation exercise and a route march through the principal streets of Tamale to demonstrate their preparedness to ward off external threats before, during and after the general elections.
Personnel of the Ghana Army, Air force, Immigration, Fire Service, Ghana Police Service, Prisons and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Ambulance Service participated in the simulation exercise.
The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed who led the exercise commended the men and women in the uniform for ensuring a successful route march and urged them to keep up the morale before, during and after the elections.
He warned that the law would not spare persons who will trigger disturbances during the period and called on political parties in the Region and the public at large to cooperate with the security agencies to ensure violence free elections.
Brigadier General Moses Mohammed Aryee, General Officer Commanding the Northern Command of the Ghana Army, in his remarks, said the objective of the exercise was to create election security situation awareness, provide insight in Crowd Management and Control, Tactics, Techniques and Procedures and Internal Security in a coordinating and setting in a straight and efficient manner.
Brigadier Moses Mohammed said the security services are ready to prevent any troubles in the region and also encouraged them to maintain high standards of discipline and professionalism wherever they find themselves.
“This is a simple message to everybody that, we are ready to ensure this year’s election will be held in a very peaceful atmosphere and if there is any deviant person who will not want that to happen we will be available to respond to them,” he warned.
For his part, the Northern Regional police commander, C.O.P Timothy Yoosa Bonga, said the regional police command is ready to police both the upcoming general elections and the Christmas festivities in the Region. He said during the compilation of the new voters register, the Northern Region was rated best in the country, hence it is important for the men and women in the uniform to maintain the standard.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu