The Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the Upper East Region, Fredrick Mawuli Agbenu has called on authorities to empower Unit Committee members in communities within the region to help tackle terrorism in the country.
The Ministry for National Security in May this year launched a citizens’ awareness campaign aimed at protecting the country against terrorist attacks. The campaign, dubbed: “See something, say something”, encourages the public to be vigilant of the activities of suspicious characters and report such activities and characters to security agencies.
The NCCE, a government body responsible for educating Ghanaians on civic matters said as much as the department is working all over the region to educate the public on the issue, there is a need for Unit Committee members to be empowered to help tackle the issue.
Speaking to A1 Radio the NCCE Regional boss said, Unit Committee members only come up during local-level elections hence their effective involvement in community issues is needed.
“Our District officers and their staff have been able to go into the communities and create awareness on how to monitor these new people that are coming into the communities so that immediately you see something you say something. Having done that, I will advocate that there’s a need for us to acutely activate our unit committee members in the whole of the region and Ghana for that matter. These are people whose eyes are on the grounds.”
“Unfortunately when elections are over we don’t see anything about unit committee members again. But NCCE is trying to engage them, so that they can also pick information for the NCCE to transfer same to the people,” he said.
Source:A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure |Bolgatanga|