The Embassy of Denmark in Accra in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a project to combat violent extremism in Benin, Côte D’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo on the theme ‘Strengthening Community Resilience and Engagement to Prevent Extremism’.

The project forms part of Denmark’s contribution to United Nations Development Programme’s efforts in preventing and responding to violent extremism in the Atlantic corridor.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of the Interior, Mrs. Adelaide Anno-Kumi, Chief Director of the Ministry, stated that violent extremist activities and terrorist attacks in some African countries, especially in neighbouring countries in the Sahel always serve as a threat of terrorism to Ghana and therefore the fight against violent extremism remains real and a collective effort is needed to combat the threat.

According to her, the Ministry of the Interior recognizes the need to prevent and combat violent extremist groups and terrorists who threatens Ghana’s integrity and security. ‘These preventive measures have been taken to protect our national interests from being attacked and therefore require a determined, well defined, inter-agency coordination to combat the menace,’ she said.

The Chief Director disclosed that although the Government continues to make huge investments and provide support for border security, border management and security issues continue to pose challenges to Ghana and other states around the world.

Mrs. Anno-Kumi stated that Ghana has undertaken an important challenge in seeking to develop policy solutions for international cooperation on border management. Thus, it remains a collective task to ensure that existing policy solutions are implemented in the most constructive way for the benefit of all, she added.

She commended the Danish Embassy and the UNDP for launching the project, exchanging and sharing experiences on issues of common interest in the cross-border areas of Ghana, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo.