General News of Saturday, 8 June 2019
The Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency, Okudzeto Ablakwa, has filed an urgent application before the Speaker of Parliament Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye in order to have the Interior Minister appear before the House to brief members on the security situation in the country especially kidnappings.
The legislator said the appearance of the Minister, Mr. Ambrose Dery, would afford the House an opportunity to demand answers on what has been done to resolve the increasing rate of kidnappings in the country.
Making reference to the three kidnapped Takoradi girls, he said, since the CID boss COP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah told us she only gave hope to parents of the kidnapped girls over their whereabouts, we have not been given any update.
The legislator said Ghanaians where expecting that the kidnappings would reduce but just yesterday, we heard about the kidnapping of two Canadian volunteers who were in Kumasi working.
Mr. Ablakwa added that ‘’the kidnappings follow a certain pattern and may negatively affect the country. We all don’t feel safe and you can imagine what that would do to our investment drive and ability to go about our normal duties.’’
To him, the most important thing for government to do is to protect citizens through its agencies responsible for internal security.
‘’The government is responsible for our safety, the police, military and other security forces are under the government. The president is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Security Council. He has appointed Ambrose Dery as Interior Minister and so it is the responsibility of government to protect citizens,’’ he noted.
Parliament he said has an oversight responsibility to assess and evaluate the work of appointees in order for the right actions to be carried out and so doing, appointees are regularly invited to answers questions about their work.