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Govt equipping Navy with drones, coastal radars to improve maritime domain awareness – Akufo-Addo



President Akufo-Addo has affirmed government’s commitment to improving Ghana’s security infrastructure to withstand and protect the country from possible terrorist attacks.

Delivering a speech at the inauguration of the International Maritime and Exhibition Conference held at Burma Camp, the president noted that one of government’s concerns is Ghana’s territorial waters.

As such, the Navy is being provided the necessary machinery to be armed to the teeth to protect the maritime domain, the president stated.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “the government recognises the need for a well-resourced and technologically advanced Navy” and has therefore provided the following equipment; “drones, coastal radars, real-time surveillance, and tracking protocols.”

President Akufo-Addo emphasized Ghana’s susceptibility to terrorist attacks due to the proximity of terrorist activities in neighboring countries.

Burkina Faso, which shares the northern border with Ghana, has been heavily hit by terrorist attacks.

On August 6, Twenty people were killed in Burkina Faso in an attack by suspected jihadists in Nohao, near the town of Bittou, in the Center-East region bordering Togo.

More than 16,000 civilians, troops and police have died in terror attacks, according to an NGO count, including more than 5,000 since the start of this year.

More than 2 million people have also been displaced within their country, making it one of the worst internal displacement crises in Africa.

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