"Our Security Agencies Have Been Equipped With More Personnel And Requisite Tools" - Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo has hinted that the country's security agencies have been equipped with more personnel and the requisite tools needed to maintain law and order, as well as protect the territorial integrity of its borders.
According to him, at the 81st Cabinet Meeting, the decision was taken to exclude the security services, i.e., the Police Service, Immigration Service, Fire Service, Prisons Service, as well as other security and intelligence agencies, just like the Armed Forces, from the unification of pension schemes.
In his 2021 State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo said "All the security agencies will continue to enjoy benefits under the CAP 30 Pension Scheme, and the appropriate legal regime will be put in place by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to ensure this"
Touching on the peace of Dagbon, President Akufo-Addo stressed that his government was able to bring peace to the town.
He said "For decades, this ancient and proud kingdom had been bedeviled with conflict. Since 2002, when a fresh eruption of the conflict ended in the tragic killing of my friend, the Ya Na Yakubu Andani, Dagbon had become designated as a troubled land. A generation of young people had grown up knowing nothing else but Dagbon as a troubled land where there was no peace, and public officials hesitated to accept postings there"
President Akufo-Addo also mentioned that on the assumption of office, his government decided to tackle the problem with renewed vigor.
"Luckily for all of us, the three eminent chiefs who had been at the helm of the peace process, since 2002, did not relent on their commitment or enthusiasm for the cause of peace. Our efforts bore fruit, a historic settlement was reached, and peace has been restored to Dagbon. I recall the joy and deep satisfaction that I felt on the day that I attended, in Yendi, the enskinment of the new, dignified Ya Na, Mahama Abukari II, and I carry my honourary title of Dagbon Malti Naa Abudani, which he graciously bestowed on me, with pride" he added.
President Akufo-Addo expressed his deepest gratitude to the nation to the many people who worked so hard to give Dagbon the opportunity for its people to lead normal lives again.
"I pay homage especially to the three eminent chiefs who led the process, the redoubtable Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Overlord of Mamprugu, the Nayiri, Naa Bohugu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, and the Overlord of the Gonja State, the Yagbonwura, Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa, and I congratulate the Dagbon people themselves for deciding to embrace peace. We pray that we learn all the hard lessons and reject the use of violence to resolve the problems that will come up in our lives" he noted.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith