Ghana’s hosting of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat poses a challenge to the country’s security following the recent uprising in West Africa, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has suggested.
The NCCE believes that opening Ghana’s borders to free trade and the movement of goods and services will provide an opportunity for violent extremist groups to infiltrate the country.
The Deputy Chairperson of the NCCE, Samuel Asare Akuamoah, disclosed this during an interaction with officials of the Public Engagement Department of Parliament.
He called for a collaborative effort to protect Ghana’s democracy in ensuring the success of the AfCFTA.
“It was not just given to us. We went to bid for it among all the over 50 countries, and we won to open our borders and the borders of the continent. Free trade, movement of goods and services and now look at the subregion of West Africa where the secretariat is located. We are troubled by jihadist, violent extremist groups, coup d’état and so how do you open up.”
“It is a challenge that confronts us. So as we go out, parliamentary service whether you are alone or working with us, as you engage the community you should also look at the issue of radicalization and violent extremism,” he added.