Stakeholders at a day’s sensitization Forum on “curbing extremist insurgency in Ghana”, have suggested the incorporation of intelligence gathering studies in the curriculum design right from the basic level to tertiary.
They explained that if that were done, children would grow up being conscious of the security implications of whatever they did to reduce crimes for enhanced security.
The forum, arranged by the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday, brought together representatives of faith-based organizations, Assembly members, security agencies and the media.
Explaining the stakeholders’ recommendations, Maulvi Abdulhamed Sawiri with the Zonal Missionary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission at Abura, a suburb of Cape Coast said intelligence gathering played a major role in emerging warfare of counter terrorism.
Smart intelligence gathering provides knowledge about what the ‘enemy’ or oppressor may be doing, their weapons, troop strengths, troop movement and future operational plans.
To the general public, he said, it will ensure faster detection and remediation of threats, reduction of insider fraud, theft and data leakage and pre-exploit risk reduction.
For the government, Reverend Ernest Obeng, a representative of the Assemblies of God Church, said alerting children on security intelligence will help identify information gaps and to target available resources to focus on national investigation more clearly.
It will also help to avoid duplication of efforts and prevent straying into areas of no relevance citing the orientation of the Japanese from their childhood, “working hard, as their entire lives depended on it.”
He said it was so because they had inculcated that love for their country right from childhood and they grew up to appreciate the need to work and die for their country.
“Additionally, if you go to America, even the hardened criminal will say ‘God bless America’ because when they see their flag, they are inspired. But what about us?” he queried.
Mr Theophilus Otoo, a Security Official with Global Evangelical Church observed that effective use of security intelligence among pupils was crucial to law enforcement agencies’ ability to effectively combat criminal activities.
He underscored the need for parents to be security conscious and avoid indulging in activities that will expose their children to kidnappers.
The trust between parents and children should be such that the children should have full confidence in them to reveal any happenings around them to their parents.
Other participants urged parents to know the whereabouts of their wards at all times, while younger ones should be given codes as they go to school and also know their telephone numbers to be able to contact them in any eventuality.
They told parents to prioritize the security and welfare of their children to help prevent Kidnapping in the society.
The fight against kidnapping is a shared responsibility of the security agencies and all other stakeholders, and that cooperation of the entire society is highly required to help fight the menace.
Earlier, the Central Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Alexander Amenyoh and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Irene Serwaah Oppong, the Central Regional Police Public Relations Officer took turns to address the participants on the citizenship Education Campaign on extremism.
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