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13-Mar-2018  
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A security analyst with the JatiKay Center for Human Security and Peace Building, Adib Saani has stated that the seat of government, Flagstaff House, is not any better a place that guarantees the safety of the President of the Republic of Ghana than his Nima residence is.

The Analyst is recommending the use of Peduase Lodge to keep the President safe at all times.

He was of the opinion that the security of the President goes beyond Nana Akufo-Addo himself, as it is about protecting and defending the sanctity and sovereignty of the Republic of Ghana for which petty partisanship should have no place in the discourse.

The statement indicated:

“In security matters, there is customarily a security bubble around the President’s Residence or when he is on the move. It is made up of three perimeters; police/military, secret service/national security operatives and the Presidential Protective Guards. There should be some level of distance of at least 300 meters east, west, north and south from the Presidents living or sleeping area. With the advancement in electronic crime, there are electronic devices that are able to snoop from hundreds of meters away.” Mr Adib Saani said in the statement.

The security analyst also said it is a cause for worry for him that the seat of government is “disturbingly near the French Embassy” and other private facilities thereby making the building vulnerable to “prying”.

He said even though the Flagstaff House is ‘unsafe’, it was still a better option for the President than his Nima private residence, but that Peduase is the best security-wise.

He said it is “unwise to keep the President at his Nima Residence, considering its close proximity to human and vehicular traffic. Creating a text book bubble around the Nima Residence therefore would require we go beyond evicting the squatters but should include evicting occupants of all private and corporate properties around the vicinity stretching to the ring road.”

He said the Flagstaff House is as externally radiant and magnificent as it is a security nightmare upon risk assessment.

For example, he said “terrorism threat to the country is more alarming than we can comprehend”

“Car bombs have become effective weapons for terrorists as they are an easy way to transport a large amount of explosives to the intended target. A car bomb also produces copious shrapnel, or flying debris, and secondary damage to bystanders and buildings. Recent Somalia car bomb that killed over 400 destroyed building as far as 500 meters away.

“The seat of Government is extremely and uncomfortably within close proximity to vehicular traffic without any form of measure to keep vehicles at a distance using roadblocks and checkpoints, Jersey barriers, concrete blocks or bollards, metal barriers, except to some extent, the entrance.” He said.

He made reference to the United States and the United Kingdom:

“Since 1991, the entrance to Downing Street for example, has been closed, preventing the general public from getting near Number 10. In Washington, D.C. the portion of Pennsylvania Avenue immediately in front of the White House is closed to traffic. Many fences have protected the house throughout the years, but in the mid-1990s it was expanded by an entire block to keep traffic further away.”

He justified his recommendation of the Peduase Lodge as “the most secured location” to keep the President.

“Aside the fact that the area is not densely populated, the hilly topography is an added advantage when it comes to defending it. The traffic security in front of the Lodge can be better managed with checkpoints, barriers and searches conducted”, he explained.
 
 
Source: ghanaweb.com
 
 

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Name: nhyiraba k. ofoz
ah ah ghana is soo cheap any cheap konkonte can be security analysis, well we hear wai but at least since it was built, we have had four prez from kuffour to nana and non had been attacked neither the workers. times we must give respect to our security especially the military guarding there. i have personally been there when the ministry of foreign affairs got burnt and an extension was give there for the ministry to work from, if you have been there same looking at the huge intelligent military men there, u cant open ya rott.en konkonte mouth to say those, let give our military if not the police the respect due, the flagstaff house is more than safe for our president. george ***barred word*** even slept at the US embassy in his trip to Ghana so are we saying the US embassy is safwer than the seat of our president?
 
Name: WHAT MAKE THIS ADVICE BRILLIANCE AND PROFESSIONAL
PEDUASE IS NO BETTER. IT IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANY OF THE PLACES. LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT KWABENYA, AND THE REGIONS NEAR PEDUASE? IT HAS BECOME THE HOME OF ARM ROBBERS AND CRIMININALS. WE CANNOT SELL OUR PRESIDENT TO LIVE WITH CRIMINALS. BESIDES, LONG DISTANCE BETWEEN WORK AND RESIDENCE WOULD NOT BE HELPFUL.
 
Name: KWAKU ABRANTE3 - Ashaiman
GRANTED THAT PEDUASE LODGE IS THE BEST SITED PRESIDENTIAL VILLA CURRENTLY, HOW WILL THE PRESIDENT BE COMING TO WORK AT FLAGSTAFF HOUSE DAILY....BY ROAD OR HELI?? WHAT ASSESSMENT IN COST AND RISK IN SECURITY HAVE WE MADE IN THESE REGARD?? WHEN THE FRENCH FINALLY MOVE THEIR EMBASSY FROM NEAR THE FLAGSTAFF HOUSE (and they are fast doing that), THE FLAGSTAFF HOUSE VILLA WILL OFFER THE BEST IN RESIDENTIAL SECURITY FOR THE PRESIDENT.
 
Name: franco
why is kokrokoo not loading audio. Sefa Kayi is feeling too big and becoming inconsistence of late. Don't play with listeners emotions!!!!
 
Name: @junior
He NEVER implied that his Nima residence was any better. Wow so people have difficulty comprehending this. Now I know it's a problem of english language. Brofo ye duru ampa. He has given clearly his reasons being proximity to various units, which makes absolute sense.
 
Name: junior
I don't know kind of security analyst are you. the Flagstaff House is not safe for Nana but his house is safe. oh my God what kind of analysists what we have in Ghana. Every body want to talk for talking sake
 
Name: @KWAKU
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WENT TO PEDUASE LODGE?? OR BETTER STILL PASSED IN FRONT OF IT??
 
Name: sam tenkorang
This is a brilliant professional advice. Lets take this man seriously!!!
 
Name: Koo Sefa
Countrymen, can't we have an informed discussion on issues without insults? Let's be tolerant on one another's views and find ways to stress our stance on matters without sounding insulting, please. We may have good points but then when these are prefaced by insults, we scare others from reading and noting our points.
 
Name: Asa
Gimigimi security analyst, what are you talking about. If Flagstaff is not safe is NIMA safe for the President.
 



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