US Ambassador Calls on Minister of the Interior

Mr Gene Allan Cretz

Mr Gene Allan Cretz

Accra, April 05, GNA – Mr Gene Cretz, the US Ambassador in Ghana, on Friday paid a courtesy call on the Minister of the Interior, Mr Kwesi Ahoi, and their discussions centered on further strengthening relations between Ghana and the US.

Mr Cretz said the two countries had collaborated well over the years and the US was committed to further consolidating these gains by helping Ghana to strengthen its broader control systems for national security.

He spoke about issues including terrorism and narcotics and said there was the need for Ghana to build strong surveillance systems to outwit potential drug traffickers and potential terrorists.

He appealed to the government to strengthen the capacity of security personnel considering the country’s present position in the global oil and gas industry.

Mr Ahoi said Ghana was aware of emerging acts of terrorism and increases in the narcotics trade in the sub-region and had put in place security measures to deal with them.

He said the country needed support in the area of training for the security services, particularly personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service and Police, and plans to build an ultramodern security academy for the training of all security personnel had to be abandoned due to budget constraints.

The Minister appealed for assistance from the US to replace obsolete security equipment including surveillance cameras at the Kotoka International Airport and the borders to combat drug trafficking and other illegal activities.

The Ambassador said the US was interested in supporting Ghana to provide security, particularly in marine policing, because of the oil industry and appealed to Ghana to raise a high bar against terrorism and other criminal activities such as human and drug trafficking and the US would give its support. GNA