Minority demands security intelligence reports

The Minority in parliament is demanding an immediate release of security intelligence reports of the country's security agencies following a rise in the spate of armed robberies recently...


The Minority in parliament is demanding an immediate release of security intelligence reports of the country's security agencies following a rise in the spate of armed robberies recently.

According to Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah has flouted aspects of the Security and Intelligence Act 1996 (Act 526), Section 17, which mandates him to submit annual reports of the Intelligence Agencies to Parliament.

Speaking on the floor of the House on Friday, 9 March 2018, the North Tongu legislator said: “There are also a number of reports that are outstanding… the Security Agencies Act 1996 (Act 526) under ministerial responsibility for the intelligence agencies and annual report to parliament, reads: ‘The president shall assign ministerial responsibility for the intelligence agencies to such minister as the president shall consider appropriate. (2) The minister assigned such responsibility under subsection one shall in respect to each year submit a report to parliament on the intelligence agencies’.

“Mr Speaker, since I’ve been in this House, I don’t recall ever seeing a report from the minister responsible for national security and this is the time we are discussing how we can help in the fight against armed robbery and all of that. Such a report will be very useful to this House as we deliberate to see what support our intelligence agencies require.”

He also questioned what has necessitated the long delay in the President furnishing the House with a list of his staffers.

He said: “The list of presidential staffers should be submitted to this house, we have made the request a couple of times [but] we still do not have that report.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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