The NDC MPs Rather Requested for the Military Deployment in Volta Region – Deputy Information Minister
The deputy Minister says Ghanaians should ignore allegations from the Opposition
Ghana’s Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, says the deployment of security personnel to border areas of the country was suggested by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to him, the NDC had told the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa that deploying the military to these areas will help immigration officials deal the incidence of illegal entry into the country.
“The parliamentary caucus of the NDC met with the Volta Regional Security council, and said ‘it will be in their interest if soldiers and the police were added to the immigration officers [to deal with issue]. Because that might help solve the situation” the deputy Information Minister said on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo today [June 29, 2020].
He added that, MPs from regions along the border areas brought similar suggestions which eventually led to the military deployment.
Mr Pius Hadzide said, the NDC made a U-turn on their suggestion after they lost their case at the Supreme Court against the EC.
After the Supreme Court loss, according to the deputy Minister, the Minority switched to speculating that the security personnel to the area were deployed to harass residents as the voters’ registration is imminent.
He said, these security personnel cannot be seen in the towns, let alone be accused of brutalizing the people. Hence the NDC’s assertions are false.
Meanwhile,the Volta caucus on the Minority side in Parliament has given the Akufo-Addo government up to Tuesday, June 30, to withdraw the military deployment from Ghana’s borders in the Volta Region.
Mp for Ho West and Chairman of the Volta Caucus, Emmanuel Bedzrah, speaking at the party's press briefing at Aflao in the Volta Region said they will retaliate if these security personnel are not withdrawn.