Ghana’s Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul has explained that the presence of the military in border towns are part of measures by government to ensure that no importation of covid-19 is recorded.
Contrary to the claims of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the military has been deployed with the intention to intimidate residents so they do not come out to register for the new voters card, Nitiwul said such operations is not limited to only the Ketu South area but others as well.
He said “the enhanced calm life across the whole country is three months. We have given them resources as part of it. The primary reason is to ensure that people don’t come in or don’t go out. As we sit today the president has closed the borders to the 31st of July. If the president or the government opens the borders why would the soldiers be there?
“We are preventing people from coming into our country so that Ghanaians are safe from this deadly Covid disease. Because the unapproved routes are so many that Ghana immigration service alone is unable to do it.”
He stressed: “As we keep resourcing them and then getting more men into their service, so we asked the police, the military, the GRA and the BNI to assist them. Once the borders are extended, their stay will be extended.”
However, the Volta minority caucus is not taking lightly at all the presence of the military as they have given government 24 hrs ultimatum to withdraw all the troop from the border towns.