The Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC) Zone F of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has commenced training on capacity building for maritime agencies on Monday 8 July 2019 at the Osu Castle.
The five-day seminar aims at equipping participants to understand the evolution of maritime piracy and analyse the recent problems faced in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).
The Guest of Honour for the programme, Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon Maj Derek Oduro (Rtd) in his opening remarks stated that, the training will enable participants understand and combat maritime piracy and related crimes for maritime agencies within the maritime domain.
He noted that the growing number of pirates hijacking vessels, kidnapping of crew for ransom, illegal bunkering and fishing posed significant threats to the people, especially, the youth who embark on perilous migration for better living outside the shores of Ghana.
He stressed that the lasting solution to curb maritime and other transnational crimes at sea required training professionals backed by necessary resources and legal frameworks to ensure criminals are brought to justice to serve as deterrence.
Hon Oduro (Rtd) opined that creating a common understanding required training by experts relevant to the context of the environment.
Participants were drawn from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Tullow Ghana, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and other key maritime stakeholders and partners.