Security expert Dr Kwasi Aning has embraced the return of the Security Minister portfolio as announced by president elect Nana Akufo-Addo.
He told Joy News’ Evans Mensah the Security ministerial appointment handed to Kan Dapaah sends a clear signal of the return of the rule of law within the security sector.
“A minister will be held to account” for the activities in the security sector, he pointed out and will be “assigned the responsibility to submit a yearly report,” he added.
His comments are in reaction to the confirmation of Kan Dapaah as National Security Minister, Joshua Kyeremeh as National Security Coordinator and Brigadier General Emmanuel Okyere as National Security Advisor.
In a command and control style, president elect Nana Akufo-Addo named his security capos, introducing them, one after the other to the media with each showing reverence to their soon to be commander in chief.
It was as if they were about to take their oath of office but no. Not yet. They sat in a roll and responded to the call of the president elect.
In the same fashion, the backroom staff of the president elect led by the Chief of Staff Frema Osei Opare and her young deputies were confirmed by Nana Akufo-Addo.
Even though the appointments were not too surprising given that some of the names had already been made public, it is the Security Minister role that appears to have taken some governance followers by surprise.
Since the departure of Dr Sam Amoo as Security Minister in 2008, the Mills and Mahama administrations found no use for the maintenance of that ministry.
Dr Kwasi Aning said the announcement of the return of the security ministry is “good day for Ghana’s security.”
He said per ACT 526 of the constitution, the minister will present reports of the security sector to Parliament.
Dr Aning said the return of the Security Minister role will in no way interfere, the position of the Interior Ministry.
He said the Interior Minister will still have control over the conduct of the BNI, as well as the Police Service.
Aning described as “disaster” the decision by the outgoing administration to bring all the activities of the security sector under the Interior Minister.
The “so-called directive from the presidency was incorrect. It never worked.” He said there were three intelligence agencies-Foreign Intelligence, Defence Intelligence and the BNI all which in practice reported to different heads and not to the Interior Minister.
He said the directive given by president Mahama was “dangerous.”
Dr Kwasi Aning, said more important than anything, the three men named by president elect Nana Akufo-Addo must gel and work together to protect Ghana’s sovereignty territorial integrity.
With threats like, terrorism, sanitation, unemployment, there must be the chemistry by the three men aided by the three intelligence agencies, he added.
President elect Nana Akufo-Addo will be sworn in on Saturday to begin his four year mandate as president.