President Akufo-Addo has indicated that the deployment of some members of the Ghana Armed Forces to the Country’s border towns is not to prevent any Ghanaian from partaking in the voters registration exercise scheduled to take off from Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Rather, the President indicated that the troops are in at least 9 regions including the North East, Western and Volta to help safeguard the borders from terrorist attacks.
The Minority in Parliament, today led a delegation to the Volta Region to address what they term as oppression of residents of the Volta Region to prevent them from partaking in the voter registration exercise and in the December 7 polls.
Wading into what has now turned a ‘tribal-conflict’ among a section of the public, President Akufo-Addo noted with emphasis that the presence of the military is only to protect the country from terrorist attacks especially since neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire have not been spared of such unfortunate attacks in recent times.
“It is no secret that our neighbor to thethe North, Burkina Faso has in recent times being at the receiving end of a number of terrorist attacks as has another neighbor, Cote d’Ivoire. To shore up our borders against such attacks and to defend our nation territorial integrity, the armed forces, at least since I came into office have been very proactive in engaging in operations to secure our borders and for any potential terror attacks on our soil.
“Deployment of soldiers in areas along our borders have been regular and residents living in border towns will bear testimony to this. Again, in the fight against COVID-19, I took the decision on Saturday the 21st of March to close all borders by land air and sea. To ensure substantial compliance to this directive and to assist personnel of the immigration service, our eastern, western and northern borders was shored up by some personnel from the military. This development for example, during the period of the three week lockdown ofand Accra, Tema and Kumasi led to the arrest of some 5,000 persons along the borders who had entered our country illegally,” the President said while addressing the nation on Monday.
Detailing the Regions at thea receiving end of this deployment, the President noted that a total ofshutdown 757 military men have been stationed in the Upper East, Northern, North East, Volta, Oti, Upper West, Bono, Savannah and Western Regions, all for the purpose of protecting the Country’s borders.
“Indeed, the first 6 recorded cases of COVID-19 in thr Volta Region for example were those of West African Nationals who entered the country illegally. In total, 207 soldiers, have been deployed along the borders of the upper east region, 110 soldiers in the northern region, 102 in the north east region, 98 in the volta region, 72 in the Oti region, 69 in the upper west region, 64 in Bono region, 21 in Savannah region and. 14 in the Western region.
“Let me state that any form of equivocation that these deployments are not in any way intended to prevent Ghanaians from registering to vote in December. They are there for their expressed purpose which is to guard our borders, that is the limit of their remit,” he said.