The Minister-designate for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah has justified the deployment of officers of the Ghana Armed Forces as security details for some public officials.

According to him, the development where some Ministers of state and heads of state agencies are protected by the military personnel instead of the police administration is crucial.

He made these comments during his session before Parliament’s Appointments Committee Wednesday.

He is part of over 40 sector and regional ministers nominated by President Akufo-Addo to serve in his second term.

Addressing the vetting panel, Mr Kan Dapaah explained the decisions are taken when intelligence indicates that “a particular individual has a problem and people are after his life, and we think there is a danger.”

“Anywhere you have seen soldiers having to protect a certain individual, it is because in our assessment, in the assessment of the security experts, there is the need to for such support to be given to that particular person.”

He further indicated that the Ghana Police Service who are tasked to facilitate internal security are sometimes not up to the task when it comes to the level of security equipment needed for specific cases, warranting the employment of military.

“Clearly, the Ghana Police Service and the others security agencies, in terms of equipment and men, have never had the full complement of what it takes to provide the most effective policing in the country,” he responded to a follow-up question posed by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu.

Mr Kan Dapaah also said such security support was not limited to ministers and other high profile members of society.

“I do know of a journalist that we continue to provide security cover and security support to,” he added.

The Minister-designate has been nominated for the same portfolio he held in the last administration.