The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Ghana Police Service (GPS) have taken delivery of 6 sets of counter terrorism equipment on Friday 28 February 2020 at the Headquarters Southern Command at Kpeshie, Accra.
The presentation of the Mobile Close Quarter Battle equipment formed part of the official closing ceremony of a 2-week UK Joint Counter Terrorism Training Course for 60 Army and Police personnel in Accra.
The delivery of the equipment which was made by the government of United Kingdom (UK), through its High Commission in Accra formed part of the UK’s approach to support Ghana’s anti-terrorist Units (64 Infantry Regiment and 69 Airborne Force), and the Police Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) in enhancing its intelligence and operations to develop the core strategic understanding as well as capacity to counter violent extremism.
The Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Thomas Hartley who presented the equipment on behalf of the High Commissioner, indicated that the UK had recognised Ghana’s leadership in setting the standard for security and counter terrorism in the sub region, hence, the partnership.
He added that over the past year, the Ghana/UK partnership had seen the Joint Counter Terrorism and Advisory Training Team (JCTATT) deliver courses across the country with 100 members of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) attending courses in and outside the UK.
The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah, who received the equipment on behalf of the GAF and the Minister for Defence, expressed profound gratitude to the UK partners for the long lasting relationship which continued to yield positive results for both countries.
COAS indicated that the equipment had come at an opportune time when the shores and boarders of Ghana were beginning to experience some pockets of extremist activity, and further expressed optimism that the equipment would be put to good use.
The six sets of equipment would be distributed equally among the 64 Infantry Regiment, 69 Airborne Force and the Police CTU, to enable further training at the unit level.