The Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC) Zone F of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has commenced training on Maritime Domain Awareness Capacity Building Course on Monday 10, February 2020 at the Osu Castle.
The two-week human development course forms part of the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s partnership to establish effective cross-border maritime security in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub- region.
In his address, the Guest of Honour, Deputy Minister for Defence (MOD), and Minister of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North Honourable Maj Derek Oduro (Rtd), stated that the training was to enhance the capacity of the Centre in promoting inter-agency collaboration, coordination and sharing of actionable information for effective maritime law enforcement and governance. He added that the training will be delivered by a team of instructors from the Royal Navy, UK police and Border Force Officers.
Honourable Oduro cautioned that in order to win the fight against maritime piracy and transnational crimes at sea, there was a requirement that well trained professionals backed by necessary resources and legal frameworks ensured criminals were brought to justice to serve as deterrence. He therefore called on stakeholders within the maritime industry to support the MMCC Zone F.
He stressed that the centre needed their support to provide credible and accurate maritime situational awareness to compliment the work of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders across the region.
He further urged participants to show commitment by engaging in healthy discussions and deliberations to justify the funding from the international partners.
The UK High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Iaian Walker in his remarks indicated that, Ghana’s long-term stability mattered to the UK government therefore, the British development defence security and diplomacy expertise would continue to support and build lasting partnerships with the country’s maritime and military institutions in order to support shared goals of a secure, healthy and a peaceful Ghana.
Prior to the opening ceremony, Honourable Maj Oduro (RTD), commissioned a refurbished operations room for smooth operation of MMCC’s activities of the Centre.
Participants of the course were drawn from seven countries of the ECOWAS which included; Ghana, Cote D’ Ivoire , Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.