Kumasi, Nov 30, GNA - Brigadier General (rtd) Henry Smith, the Defence Minister, has pledged that the security agencies would act professionally to ensure peace during and after the December 7 polls.
He asked Ghanaians to trust the security personnel, and turn out in their numbers to cast their ballot without fear or intimidation.
Brig. Gen. Smith gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace, at the start of a day™s tour of military units and installations in the Ashanti Region, to assess the preparedness of the various units towards the elections.
He said the military was ready to help avert any unforeseen circumstances during the polls and added that the country needed security to consolidate its socio-economic and political gains.
Brig. Gen. Smith said government was supporting the military to enable the officers and men to discharge their duties professionally.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu commended the armed forces for discharging their duties professionally, but asked soldiers to let experiences they had acquired in peacekeeping in war torn countries guide and inspire them in protecting the nation™s peace.
He appealed to the government to supply the needed logistics and equipment to the armed forces to enable them to undertake other duties such as construction of roads and bridges, farming and relief operations.
Brig. Gen. Smith visited the Defence Industries Holding Company, where preparations for the manufacturing of boots for the security services and sandals for school children had begun.
Addressing a durbar of officers and men of the Four Battalion (4BN) of Infantry, the Minister gave the assurance that government would continued to resource and train security personnel to effectively perform their duties.
Brig. Gen. Smith reminded the soldiers that the nation was looking up to them for security.