In this interview with David Ampofo, first broadcast in 2009, Dr Kwesi Aning explains the security risks facing Ghana in the light of the discovery of oil.
“There are multiples of the concerns with respect to the way that we understand security challenges in this country, the way that we resource those who have to respond to those challenges and more importantly the way in which we actually respond to those challenges.”
Dr. Aning, who was the Head of Training at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center, argues that the advent of oil has actually deepened the naivety of Ghana’s security thinking and response. “We have actually done very little to ensure that we protect that potential massive resource and also to provide the logistics that will protect it and bring those monies into the coffers of Ghana.”
He advocates for the practice of conflict prevention in Ghana saying, “Conflict Prevention is about proactive knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge to ensure that conflict does not break out”.
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