With support from the European Union, the NORPREVSEC project is enhancing law enforcement and security cooperation in northern Ghana to maintain stability and security in the region
Training has been held to boost collaboration and information sharing between law enforcement agencies in the five northern regions of Ghana. It took place within the framework of the European NORPREVSEC project, which has made available to Ghanaian institutions the experience of international and local experts in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism.
In the framework of this activity, cooperation with other international cooperation mechanisms – such as the Accra Initiative, INTERPOL, WANEP and ICMPD – has been enhanced to foster regional coordination of joint actions. Sixty-five participants from the five northern regions of Ghana have been trained from various local institutions such as the Ghanaian Police Service, Ghanaian Immigration Services, Ghanaian Custom Revenue, Ghanaian Prison Services, Ghanaian Fire Services, among other local institutions.
The training began with an opening ceremony, which was addressed first by the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Irchad Razaaly, who thanked the project partners for their involvement in promoting the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism in a country that remains stable in the West African region. The Minister of National Security of Ghana, Albert Kan Dapaah, also took the floor to thank the NORPREVSEC project and the European Union for its support for security in Ghana.
This activity was attended by the director of the Security, Peace and Development Area of the FIIAPP, Miguel de Domingo, as well as several international experts, including several team leaders of projects led by the FIIAPP, such as CT JUST, ACT Lebanon or CT Public Spaces. An expert in international law specialising in international security in the West African region was also present.
The trajectory of violent extremism and terrorism in the West Africa and Sahel regions and the evolving security landscape make clear the need for Ghana to take proactive steps to improve coordination and collaboration among all stakeholders, including international partners. Key to achieving this outcome is to develop the capacity of security forces in the five northern regions of the country to prevent and respond to crises through effective coordination, collaboration and information management.