dr Kaderi Noagah Bukari, research associate at the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Cape Coast, has called on the Immigration Service of Ghana (GIS) to deploy tech-enhanced long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drones to monitor unauthorized persons to reinforce entry and exit routes across the country.
He said the GIS lacks the staff to effectively monitor all access points, so the use of drones in intelligence gathering has become an inevitable ally to ensure uninterrupted day and night surveillance in hard-to-reach areas.
In response to the renewed arrest and prosecution of Aisha Huang, a 47-year-old Chinese immigrant, for her alleged involvement in illegal mining activities and recent threats of terrorism and radicalism, Dr. Bukari of the Ghana News Agency said the use of drones and other artificial intelligence in border management would give GIS the actionable intelligence they need to make important decisions.
He said the nation will benefit greatly from the unmanned aerial vehicles as artificial intelligence, including drones, are quickly becoming important tools in utility transmission and distribution due to their ability to provide access to difficult locations on power lines.
“The use of drones will enable GIS to know events in advance across national and territorial boundaries to maintain national peace and harmony.
“It will help make better decisions and improve core operational processes by increasing both the speed and accuracy of strategic decision-making,” he said.
After nationwide threats of insurgents by terrorists and radicals, Dr. Bukari, the use of artificial intelligence has become apparent as the West African sub-region has faced a wave of terrorist attacks in recent years, a spillover from events in the Sahel regions.
Ghana’s immediate neighbors Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Togo have all experienced such attacks, with security experts warning that this trend makes Ghana highly vulnerable to an attack.
For this reason, Dr. Bukari emphasized the need for the ministry to rid itself of the shame and urged all staff and society to expose the “bad nuts” within their ranks in order to maintain national peace and cohesion.
He reminded the government of its obligation to strengthen security services to safeguard territorial integrity and called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to “expose the bad guys among us who are out to trade national peace for personal and ecclesiastical gains.” “.
“Society as a whole should stand behind the security services to weed out such scoundrels. The services are disciplined institutions and there must be no room for stubbornness and incorrigibility among the staff,” he said.
Regardless, the security analyst advised managers of public spaces and gatherings to be extra vigilant and concerned about personal and community safety.
“The best strategy would be the cooperation of all Ghanaians and their willingness to report suspicious movements and people to the security authorities immediately and in a timely manner. We should be aware of making our country safe. We shouldn’t leave anything to chance,” he said.