Dominic Nitiwul - The Minister for Defence
The Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul has criticized the decision by the Minority side in Parliament after asking the government to withdraw military personnel deployed to help protect the country’s borders and other entry points.
The Volta Caucus on the Minority side in Parliament at a press briefing on Monday, June 29, 2020, gave the government a 24-hour ultimatum to withdraw the security personnel.
The decision is backed by the Caucus’s view that the deployment is an attempt to frighten Volta Region residents in the upcoming voters’ registration exercise.
But in response to the Caucus’s declaration, Mr. Nitiwul at a counter-press conference organised by the Ministry of Information insisted that the Minority side were only spewing “propaganda.”
According to him, the deployment was done to beef up protection at the country’s borders following the increase in confirmed COVID19 cases in the wake of the increasing COVID-19 figures.
“I believe that if they are watching this press conference, they will revise their notes and they should be bowing their heads in shame because they lied to the people of Ghana. As we have all been told now, the numbers in the Volta Region are some of the lowest of the deployment. So when you are giving the ultimatum, are you giving the ultimatum for those in the North-East Region to also withdraw, those in the Northern Region to withdraw.”
“Are you speaking for those people as well. What about Upper West, they should also withdraw as well when Tumu people are happy that the Soldiers are there and they have been there for a year and a half? It’s not like yesterday that security personnel have been deployed. Other people have been with them for a year and a half.”
The Minister clarified that the current deployment of security personnel across the country is not by any means, expected to intimidate potential registrants in the upcoming voter registration exercise. Rather, the deployment is aimed at strengthening security at Ghana’s borders as part of measure in the COVID-19 fight.
He further disclosed that about a thousand security personnel drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, and the Ghana Revenue Authority have been deployed across Ghana’s entry points.