The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has emphasized Ghana’s position in the fight against terrorism, saying
Ghana is ready to work with stakeholders with the common aim for making the world a peaceful place for all humans.
Speaking at the launch of UNDP’s mobile application toolkit meant to tackle Extremist narratives in West and East Africa, the Minister, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Nandom constituency, noted that, the global upsurge in violence extremism and terrorism with its fatal impact and displacement has fast become great concern for the entire world.
“Due to this it is of a great importance that a mobile application is being launched to track extremist narratives in West and East Africa,” he stated.
Derry said statistics from the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) indicates that in a period of ten years ending 2010, about 1,700 terror related activities were recorded globally with approximately 9000 deaths and some 7000 injuries. He said the past six years have seen an upsurge in these figures.
“Between 2011- February 2016, the frequency of terror attacks has tripled from 1,700 to nearly 6000 resulting in 44,000 deaths and 11,000 injuries,” he stated.
It is estimated that the lost of lives and properties globally amounts to an estimated amount of $90 billion as at the end of 2015 per the GTI.
The minister further noted that the regional and continental obligations towards the fight against violence extreme violence needs to be tackled very seriously.
He said the “Ghana beyond Aid” agenda launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is to develop Ghana by looking within herself to generate national income . This according to the Minister can be achieved only when the country is safe from terror attacks, as such, training of security personnel in the country has been initiated to equip them for the task at anytime.
The aim of the toolkit is to provide effective communication strategies and interventions to alter and effect prevalent narratives that encourages violent extremism.
The toolkit application can be downloaded from play store on Android phones and AppStore for iPhone users.