In what could be described as blunt and straight forward the
national security has identified mismanagement of the Ghanaians economy,
injustice and state capture by a group it describes as political elite as major threat
to the security of the country.
Captured in the national security strategy developed to govern operations of the
secretariat, the document warns the issues if not tackled could lead to extremist
behavior which could further degenerate into violent extremism.
Reporting under domestic, regional and global threats, risk and challenges
confronting Ghana, the document points to a number of security threats and
risks that confront the country particularly in the area of human security, as a
result of some perceived or actual deficit in one or the other of these tenets of
good constitutional democratic governance.
For them Mismanagement, injustice, state capture by a group of political elite,
weak and ineffective institutions all tend to negatively affect the quality of
governance and could spiral into various forms of indiscretion that could be
indicators of bad governance.
Issues such as the imbalanced allocation of resources and opportunities to
identity groups, poor service delivery, systemic exclusion and marginalization as
well deprivation could lead to citizen frustration and feeling of hopelessness
which could in turn lead to a rejection of the generally accepted social norms
and values, and in fact the status quo.
The report also pints to the failure by political leadership across board to reach
consensus and implement constitutional reforms such as deepening
These issues according to the report can lead to extremist behavior which could
further degenerate into violent extremism. It concludes by saying both
extremism and violent extremism are risks to our national security interests.
Bribery and Corruption according to the report ranked rather high on our
national security risk register over the years considering its prevalence and
negative impact on our national security interests.
The report says Abuse of office in the form of corruption and bribe taking by
public office holders has become a major threat to the country’s security by
virtue of its capacity to deny the state of huge sums of public revenue and
quality of work or goods and services supplied.
It says the canker were assessed as having become virtually systemic in the
Ghanaian society. The report says Corruption in Ghana comes in various shades
and forms and cuts across the national politics, administration and bureaucracy
as well as the private sector with considerable debilitating consequences for the
growth and socio-economic development of the country.
Bribery, nepotism, fraud, embezzlement, kickbacks from the award of public
contracts are all major forms of corruption that defy our existing response
mechanisms considerably and create risks to our national security interests.