Protecting Ghana’s waters and maritime space has become a lot more
necessary in recent times more than ever.
This is because Ghana’s waters are gradually witnessing almost all the
forms of crimes undertaken on the sea and experiencing the disasters that are
reported at sea.
Few weeks ago, incidents of piracy were recorded in Ghanaian waters and
subsequently an oil vessel divided into two at the anchorage of Tema Port,
leaving some oil spillages at its waters. Again, recently, the Ghana Ports
Security has arrested a number of people engaging in illegal ship-to-ship
transfer of oil in the Ghanaian waters.
effectively tackle and prevent such crises in Ghana’s maritime space, the Ghana
Maritime Authority in collaboration with Inter-Regional Coordination Centre of
the Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea, and the European
Union's Gulf of Guinea Inter-Regional Network has organized a Crisis Response
Training exercise at The Tema Naval Base and the Port of Tema.
Crisis Response Training exercise was organized to equip African Maritime
Administrations with techniques to curb piracy and armed robbery incidence in
Ghana’s maritime domain.
The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime
[UNODC] with funding from the government of Japan has handed over two patrol
boats known as “alligator boats” to the Ghana Marine Police unit in Tema.
The donation is part of a broader project worth
$629,000 to support maritime law enforcement in the fight against maritime
crime in the sub region particularly in Ghana, Liberia and Serra Leone.
The Japan Ambassador to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno said
Japan is interested in ensuring peace and stability in the oceans as the sea
serves as a major means of economic cooperation among nations.
“Maritime security is indispensable not only for
the safety of the people, security of the people, but also for greater trade
and investment relations for Ghana, with other countries.”
The Inspector General of Police, David Asante Appeatu congratulated the government of Japan and UNODC for their massive support to the Police Service over the years.
He said the police administration is committed to enhancing its operational capabilities, revamping the CID and making community policing a key policing intervention towards crime prevention and community safety.
“In enhancing our operational capabilities, we are mindful of the important role the onshore and offshore security, can play in our integrated approach. Therefore, this support from the Japan government facilitated by UNODC, two reliable partners for years could not have come at a better time,” he opined.
The IGP used the ceremony to make an appeal to individuals, organizations and agencies to consider in their annual budgets some space within their corporate social responsibilities to support the Police.
“Security is a shared responsibility, and if we tackle it collectively we will be secured individually. The Ghana Police Service will continue to build our successes upon our successes, as we look at providing the needed security both physically and virtually,” he said.