Go the extra mile to provide maximum
security - Mpiani
Accra, Feb. 2, GNA - Mr. Kwadwo Okyere Mpiani, the Chief of
Staff and Minister for Presidential Affairs, has called on
the security services to go the extra mile to provide
maximum security to ensure that the series of historic
landmark events lined up between now and 2008 in the country
were held successfully.
He mentioned the celebration of the 50 years of nationhood,
the climax of which, would be on March 6, the African Union
(AU) summit to be held in June, and the African Cup of
Nations Cup tournament (CAN 2008) among others.
Mr Mpiani said the security services should not only give
Heads of State and Government from Africa and across the
world as well as other dignitaries expected in the country
to participate in these events the necessary security
protection, but should also make sure that a conducive
environment existed to enable them to have a taste of the
proverbial Ghanaian hospitality.
He was speaking at an end-of-year WASSA held for the VIP
Protection Unit at the Castle Gardens on Friday.
The Chief of Staff recognised the sacrifices personnel of
the security services have made and continue to make towards
the stability and protection of the country's democracy.
Mr. Mpani said the President of Ghana was an embodiment of
the state and as such his protection was important for the
sustenance of the nation's stability.
He gave the assurance that the Unit would be given every
needed support to facilitate its work and to minimise the
risk faced by personnel in the performance of their duties.
The Presidential Security Co-ordinator, Lieutenant Colonel
E.A. Mensah, cautioned members of security services to avoid
complacency, adding that, they should brace themselves up
for harder work.
He reminded them that the protection of the Presidency was
the pivot around which, the nation's security revolved and
for that matter, their resolve, posture, alertness,
discipline and dedication should be without blemish.
Lt. Col. Mensah also asked personnel of the Unit to consider
their call to duty at the Presidency as an honour to serve
He stated that, last year was fruitful and praised the
security personnel for their resilience and dedication to
He conveyed the Unit's congratulations to President Kufuor
on his election as Chairman of the AU, which, he said, was a
recognition of his good leadership.
"We all share in the joy of his elevation."