Let’s not play politics with State Security – Bryan Acheampong

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Former Minister of State at the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Bryan Acheampong has warned Ghanaians to desist from playing politics with the security of the state.

He argued that it is high time certain security information of the state is reclassified as ‘Top Secret’ to make it difficult for people to get their hands on and run to town for political propaganda.

Presidential travels, he said, are not something that should be discussed on the floor of Parliament as it is being done by their colleagues on the Minority side of the House.

Mr. Acheampong said this when he was contributing to the debate on the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, 23 November 2021.

According to him, as somebody with a security background, it is very dangerous to put the information of the President’s travels into the public domain because by so doing, the President is put into danger, as anyone can easily track and bring the Presidential jet down.

The Lawmaker representing the people of Abetifi reiterated that the President’s travel should be kept as ‘Top Secret’, which means nobody should have access to put the President’s life in danger and to enhance the President’s security.

He said, “As a member of Parliament with some knowledge in security matters, I have advised the National Security Minister to continue to keep the information on presidential travels secret, and if he may even lift it to ‘Top Secret’ because it is not every information that should be shared with the public.”

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“If it is confidential and now classified as secret, I have encouraged him to increase the security level to ‘Top Secret’ because that information is not the type that should be a game in the political arena,” he noted.

According to him, this will enhance the President’s security to make it difficult for anyone to attempt to track his movements.

“If the President decides that he needs to make a quick trip to Mail, even if he decides to go with the presidential flight, using flight tracker you will know this is the tail number of Ghana’s presidential flight, and you are able to track it. Is that how you will want to expose our President” he quizzed and added, “Let’s be sensitive in this country.”

If the public will recall, for some time now President Akufo-Addo’s travels have become a topical issue in Ghana after Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, filed two urgent questions calling for disclosure of the full cost of the President’s foreign trips that were not made with the official presidential jet.

But Mr. Acheampong, also Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament said the North Tongu Legislator’s demand was needless and a threat to national security.

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He said, “The focus should rather be on the President’s safety and not how much or how the trips were made. We cannot play politics about it and make this a pedestrian issue that is very elementary and basic.”

“There is not a single trip that the President has made and come home empty-handed; he comes with goodies.”

“He always brings home something to the benefit of Ghanaians, and in return, many other Presidents and officials have also visited Ghana.”

“He went to the European Union and came back with €170million and he went to Germany and came home with COVID-19 vaccines.

“These trips have been reciprocated by Presidents and officials from the countries the President visited among many others,” concluded.

Source: www.frontpageghana.com/Ghana

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