The National Security has stepped up its anti-terrorism measures, and joint services operations to ensure the safety of the citizenry, a statement announced Monday.

This comes after a meeting held by the council on March 15, 2016, to review the security situation in the country in the wake of the upsurge of terrorist attacks in the sub-region.

The meeting was chaired by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces President John Dramani Mahama.

A statement issued in Accra,  and signed by the Minister of Communications, Edward Omane Boamah said the Council reviewed the recent attacks in Mali, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire and current intelligence on extremist activities in West Africa, and has braced itself for terrorists threat.

It said: “In view of the conventional wisdom that security is a shared responsibility, the Council has advised that the general public be vigilant, cautious and curious, and report any unusual circumstances to the law enforcement agencies.”

“The Council further urges all Ghanaians and other nationals resident in Ghana to bear with security measures that may be enforced at various locations from time to time for the purpose of public safety. The Council will review the situation on a continuous basis.” The statement concluded.

Below is the full statement



NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL STEPS UP
COUNTER-TERRORISM MEASURES
The National Security Council met earlier today to review the security
situation in the country in the wake of the upsurge of terrorist attacks in
the sub-region.

The meeting was chaired by His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama,
President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the
Armed Forces. It was attended by Service Chiefs and all other
members of the Council.

The Council reviewed the recent attacks in Mali, Burkina Faso and
Cote d’Ivoire and current intelligence on extremist activities in West
Africa.

The National Security Council on the basis of briefings by the
intelligence agencies and partners has determined that there is a
credible terrorists threat to all countries in the sub-region.

The Council reviewed its anti-terrorism preparedness, joint services
operations and other measures to ensure the safety of the citizenry.

In view of the conventional wisdom that security is a shared
responsibility, the Council has advised that the general public be
vigilant, cautious and curious, and report any unusual circumstances
to the law enforcement agencies.

The Council further urges all Ghanaians and other nationals resident in
Ghana to bear with security measures that may be enforced at
various locations from time to time for the purpose of public safety.

The Council will review the situation on a continuous basis.

Signed:
EDWARD K. OMANE BOAMAH (DR.)
(Minister)