Some 6,000 security personnel will be deployed to provide protection at the swearing-in ceremony of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice President, scheduled to take place in Parliament on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
The deployed security team will include personnel from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Armed Forces, and allied agencies.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Ghana Police Service announcing security arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony.
According to the Police, this is to “ensure the protection of lives and properties and general maintenance of law and order for the inaugural ceremonies.”
“The Police administration has put in place security measures for the inauguration of the President-Elect of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President-Elect, His Excellency Dr. Mahamamudu Bawumia; Speakers and Members of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic on 7th January 2021 at Accra.”
“Six thousand (6,000) security personnel drawn from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Armed Forces, and allied agencies will provide security to ensure the protection of lives and properties and general maintenance of law and order for the inaugural ceremonies. This will be augmented by technology to ensure maximum security.”
The statement noted that “All VVIPs would be offered close protection as appropriate.”
However, it advised the public to stay off the immediate vicinity of the following locations.
- The entire State House Complex
- Accra International Conference Centre
- Accra Sports Stadium
- Black Star Square
Parliament outlines itinerary for dissolution, presidential inauguration
Parliament had earlier announced its programmes leading to the dissolution of the seventh session to pave way for the inauguration of the eighth session on Thursday, January 7, 2021, and the swearing-in of President Akufo-Addo.
“At 12:01 am on 7th January, the Elected Members of the 8th Parliament will convene in the Chamber of Parliament to elect a Speaker and Two Deputy Speakers, in accordance with Articles 95, 96 and 100(2) of the 1992 Constitution, after which the elected Members of the 8th Parliament will be sworn in by the Speaker at the Chamber of Parliament as per Article 100(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.”
“The President-elect will then be sworn in before the 8th Parliament in accordance with Article 57(3) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana,” the law-making body announced this in a statement.