General News of Tuesday, 25 September 2012
The Minister of Defense, Lt. General Henry Smith has for the first time defended the creation of a Special Force within the nation’s army saying Ghana needs their services.
He said the Special Forces would be of significant importance to the country because they would be used for special operations which would be of benefit to the country.
The creation of the Special Forces became a topical issue with the NPP early this year.
According to the NPP, government created the Special Forces to possibly forment trouble in the upcoming December polls.
But speaking at a meet the press series Tuesday morning, Lt. General Henry Smith said a country like Ghana with vast natural resources needs the Special Forces to protect the country.
“Ladies and Gentlemen we are in the 21st century, conventional warfare has gradually given way for a special operations force, that is what is done the whole world over” Lt. General Henry Smith said.
The Defense Minister added that “Osama Bin Laden, it was not a division, an army, a brigade that found him, it was a special force. This started as far back as the First World War and today every army has a special force why not Ghana? We need them”.