KAIPTC launches Managing Defence in a Wider Security Context

September 12, 2017
Source: Ernest Bako Wubonto l thebftonline.com l Ghana
KAIPTC launches Managing Defence in a Wider Security Context

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), in partnership with the British government, and the Cranfield University, UK, has officially opened the 2017 edition of Managing Defence in Wider Security Context (MDWSC) course.

The two-week course is aimed at enabling representatives from across the security sector of various West African countries, to contribute to the development, implementation and review of the national security and defence policies.

The ceremony was graced by dignitaries such as the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Lain Walker, Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, Commandant of KAIPTC, AVM Griffiths S. Evans, and Head of Centre for international security and resilience Dr. Laura Cleary.

Minister for Defence, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, in delivering the opening address, pronounced the course launched and said, “Ghana has been generally perceived as a stable and peaceful nation in a sub-region that is plagued by protracted conflicts and political instability, however, beneath this veneer of peace is the fundamental issue of the role the security and defence sectors in ensuring the continuity of this process.”

He charged the professionals of security services from the various counties, to return to their respective duties after the 2 weeks course, equipped with comprehensive tools necessary for security and policy developments.

 The course, he believes, will perform a valuable function at drawing their minds to a torrent of ideas, information, interpretations and vision pertaining to the identification of appropriate policies and techniques to advance defence and security sector development in Africa.

Dominic Nitiwul, also took the opportunity to thank the British government and Cranfield University for the unflinching support to the success of the course over the past five years.

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Lain Walker, said in his opening address that, “issues of security are important and all nations first and foremost, have the responsibility to protect and make sure its citizenry is safe regardless of the challenges they face. So, how defence is managed and how nations design the strategies is a key tool to setting the right framework for successful delivery of defence and security.”

Lain Walker, expressed gratitude in how Ghana has been able to bring together its neighbouring countries to brainstorm and share intelligence on an important issue such as security. He commended KAIPTC for their excellence in security training in the sub-region and promised the UK, will continue to support and fund research and training in the institution.

He further commended the combined effort in achieving peace both Cote D’ Ivoire and The Gambia, as good developmental achievements in West Africa, commending how well ECOWAS responded to those issues.

In attendance of the course were professionals in security and members of intelligence agencies of some West African countries such as Ghana, Cote D’ Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Togo, the Gambia, Mali and Nigeria amongst others. With the governments of Austria, Denmark and Sweden also keenly in support. Walker, Dominic Nitiwul, AVM Griffiths S. Evans, Dr. Laura Cleary