By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Kpeshie Ridge
Security Agencies in the Greater Accra Region have commenced a 3-Day simulation exercise, designed within the framework of election security and Internal Security Operations, to test the preparedness, resilience and interoperability of the institutions, for the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
The opening ceremony of the multi-agency exercise, took off at the Oppong-Peprah Square of Southern Command (S/COMD) – a Formation of the Ghana Army, on Tuesday, 17th November, 2020, with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Abraham Yeboah Nsiah, as the Overseer of the 3-Day SIMULATION or TRIAL exercise, codenamed EX EASTERN SHIELD.
The GOC, in an address to the selected Service Personnel participants, (who are expected to share knowledge with their colleagues after the tests), said that the training exercise is intended to bring together, harmonize drills and procedures, to enhance interoperability among the Security Agencies.
“The success of the election would, to a large extent, depend on the preparedness, hard work, professionalism, neutrality and impartiality demonstrated by the security agencies before, during and after the elections”, General Nsiah stated.
Brig Gen Nsiah indicated that in the training programme, various scenarios would play out, to assess the decision-making processes at the Joint Task Force Headquarters (JTF HQ) and the responses of troops at the Tactical Level.
Activities expected at the exercise include the establishment of multi-agency Joint Operations Centre, reinforcement drills, fire emergency drills, crowd control drills, defence of key installations, roadblock clearance, rescue operations among others, and would all culminate in the conduct of different Internal Security Operation interventions, which are necessary to maintain law and order.
The conduct of Ex EASTERN SHIELD, will however be limited to selected parts of Greater Accra and Tema Regions and would seek to enhance the skills, professionalism, and proficiency of participating security personnel, with the overriding goal of providing a common platform for multi-agency institutions, to harness operational competence and draw synergies from diverse backgrounds, the Army General concluded.
The Security Services were represented at the opening ceremony by teams from Camp S/COMD, One Field Workshop, One Battalion of Infantry, Five Battalion of Infantry, 48 Engineer Regiment, 64 Engineer Regiment, 153 Armoured Regiment, Support Services Brigade Group, Eastern Naval Command, Air Force, Ghana Police, Ghana Prisons and Ghana National Fire Services.