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President Akufo-Addo commissions 105 vehicles to fight terrorism

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Ghana has received and commissioned 105 militarised vehicles and equipment valued at €20 million, donated by the European Union (EU), to enhance its efforts to secure its northern borders against terrorists. The vehicles and equipment are crucial for intelligence and surveillance, military engineering, explosive ordnance disposal, and electronic warfare systems. The recent occurrences of terrorist activities in neighboring countries underscore the need for Ghana to enhance its counterterrorism measures.

The President stressed the importance of collective efforts among nations facing the challenge and critical support from partners like the EU who share security concerns. Ghana appreciated the significance of the 105 militarised vehicles donated by the EU and assured the EU of Ghana’s commitment to use the resources for the agreed purpose, including securing its northern frontiers against terrorist incursions.

The Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, commended the thorough work done by the ministers of National Security, Defence, and Foreign Affairs, along with their hardworking staff. He recalled discussions with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, about the need for the EU to support Ghana’s fight against terrorism through enhanced cooperation.

The Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, acknowledged the deep understanding of terrorist challenges in Africa and expressed confidence in the leadership role Ghana was playing in fighting against terrorism. He believed today’s event symbolizes a significant step forward in strengthening cooperation between Ghana and the EU.

The partnership between the EU and Ghana has deep and strong roots based on shared values and common interests. It has evolved from a strictly developmental partnership to a more political one that is fit to face current global challenges such as climate change and the fight against terrorism. As the seventh contributor to UN peacekeeping operations and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Ghana has a pivotal role in ensuring regional stability and expressed confidence that the support would benefit not only Ghana but the entire sub-region.