Adib Saani, a security analyst, has urged President Akufo-Addo not to reappoint Albert Kan-Dapaah as the National Security Minister.
Saani argued that Kan-Dapaah has failed to deliver in the role. He said that crime rates shot up during the minister’s tenure and that the president should not reappoint him.
“I think that Kan-Dapaah as the National Security Minister has failed to live up to expectation. His inability to work closely with the various security agencies to, as it were, pre-empt and even perhaps prevent the insurrection by the Western Togoland group is something I find quite disturbing.”
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“We’ve had several challenges with the National Security set-up, particularly the manner in which the so-called operatives are recruited. The Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence incident is a clear case in point,” Saani said, in an interview with Beatrice Adu for The Big Bulletin on Asaase Radio.
Rising crime rates?
Saani said records at the Ghana Police Service and Bureau of Public Safety support his claim and the worsening crime statistics have prompted the United States of America to issue a number of travel advisories to Ghana, one in 2019 and again in September 2020. This points to growing insecurity in Ghana.
“I think by and large Albert Kan-Dapaah lacks the competence, he lacks the commitment needed to improve the general security of the state,” Saani said. “This is not based on my unscientific personal opinion but it is based on scientific fact.
“As a matter of fact, crime [has been] in the ascendency in the past three years. This is according to police statistics.
“I’m not blaming him [Kan-Dapaah] for the increase in crime, but I’m blaming him for his inability to deal with the threat in a much more effective manner, as we expected of him.”
In the coming days, President Akufo-Addo will name the ministers who will enable his governance of Ghana during his second term in office.
But before then, some people are already making recommendations with regard to whom should be kept and whom the president should let go.