ACCRA– The Ghanaian government is taking decisive steps to address the recent spate of armed robbery and other security breaches in the country, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said on Friday.

He said these measures include greater collaboration between the security agencies to aid intelligence gathering and crime prevention, while manpower challenges are being addressed, urging the public to play a watchdog role and report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities to take the necessary action.

Bawumia gave the assurance at Muslim prayers at the Central Mosque, Abbosey Okai, Accra, as part of activities marking Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary on March 6, 2018, the presidency said in a release.

The past week has seen a rash of brazen armed robberies, with two lives lost and a number of injuries recorded.

After an emergency, National Security Council meeting on Thursday, the Inspector General of Police announced a reshuffle in the top hierarchy of the police administration to put a sharper edge to their operations.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, the Minister for Information, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, also announced a number of crime prevention measures including increased Police cum Military patrols, installation of more CCTV Cameras and street lights in crime-prone areas.

In brief remarks after the Friday prayers, the vice president also said that the government would provide the necessary logistics and resources to the security agencies to ensure there is peace and stability.