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Ghana experiencing indirect consequences of terrorism in sahel region; greater partnerships needed

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Ghana’s ambassador to Burkina Faso, H.E. Boniface Gambila Adagbila, is encouraging greater collaboration among the government, other state and non-state actors, and local communities to deal comprehensively with the threat of terrorism in Ghana. 

H.E Gambila Adagbila, speaking to A1 Radio’s Mark Smith, yesterday, November 1, 2023, explained that while Ghana had not experienced a direct incursion by terrorists, the country currently suffers the indirect consequences of the instability caused by terrorists in the sub-region. 

These indirect consequences, H.E. explained, include huge financial costs to the state and non-state actors. 

“If huge numbers of the population are moving due to threats, then it is a difficult situation for both countries. The government of Ghana is equally overwhelmed and loaded. Suddenly, you find neighbouring countries finding its people running into the country due to attacks. So the terrorists, physically, are not here in Ghana hurting our people, but indirectly, the negative dividends affect us.”

“At the time we want to manage and enhance school feeding, enhance health insurance  and all, you find these expected circumstances, and so you divert the funds,” he said. 

H.E. Gambila Adagbila pointed to the camp setup by stakeholders in the Bawku West District to accommodate the displaced Burkina Faso nationals. 

While Ghana had yet to be attacked, Ghana’s Ambassador to Burkina Faso warned that the country must continually be alert because of the growing sophistication of the terrorists and Ghana’s porous borders. 

He added that his office had overseen heightened security collaboration between Ghana’s government and the military government in Burkina Faso.

“The Burkinabe government sees the President of Ghana as their father and role model in terms of international relations, political adminstration and how to deal with issues. So for that, we are happy with the relationship between Ghana and Burkina Faso. We are very cooperative,” he said.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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