UNODC and Japan Donate Two Patrol Boats to Ghana

The activity was funded by Japan

UNODC recognizes that maritime crime poses a serious threat to the safety of seafarers, international trade and regional stability. As over 90% of global trade is carried out by sea, maritime crime can have crippling effects on the economy of a country or region. Maritime security is thus indispensable to greater trade and investment relations between Ghana and other countries.

In this context, on 13 th July, 2018 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghana Programme Office, in partnership with the Japanese Government, donated two alligator patrol boats to the Ghana Marine Police to enhance their operations in combating maritime crime.

Combined with a series of capacity-building trainings provided since 2016 to 100 personnel, including 10 women, from the Marine Police, Ghana Navy and Fisheries Commission, these two patrol boats will allow the Marine Police to enhance its capacities in combatting maritime crime - from robbery, piracy, and fisheries crime, to the smuggling of migrants, drug trafficking and other forms of organized crime.

Alligator boats donated to the Marine Police in Ghana

"Efforts have often been made by the Police on land, with less attention given to water bodies. The donation of these boats will allow us to both intensify our patrols on water bodies and to reinforce the security of the country as a whole. Indeed, the duty and responsibility of the Police Forces is to protect life and property within the entire territory of Ghana" stated Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, the Inspector General of Police, on behalf of the Ghana Police Service, during the ceremony.

H.E. Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana,  Hon. Seth Acheampong, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior, Mr. Nana Asoma, the Tema Regional Police Commander, Mr. Seidu Iddi, the Director General of the Ghana Marine Police, and Mr. Joseph Antwi Ababio, Director of the Eastern Command of Marine Police and about fifty personnel from the Marine Police Unit were also present at the handover ceremony in Tema (20 km away from Accra).

During the official ceremony,  Mr. Bernard Henebeng Asamoah, the UNODC National Programme Coordinator, welcomed the collaboration between the UNODC and Japan. He highlighted  the Government of Japan and the UNODC's long-standing history of collaboration in crime and terrorism prevention, criminal justice reform and in the fight against illicit narcotics drugs. This strategic cooperation started at the 5 th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in 2013, where both agreed on thematic areas of cooperation and developed an Action Plan.

  
Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, the Inspector General of Police and Mr. Bernard Henebeng Asamoah, the UNODC National Programme Coordinator with the Marine Police during the ceremony

The UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), which perfectly conforms to the tenets of the Action Plan, seeks to assist States in strengthening their capacity to combat maritime crime. Since 2016 and through the GMCP, UNODC has provided Ghana's Marine Police with the necessary support to strengthen its institutional and operational structure by deploying an Expert Mentor on maritime law enforcement to work with the Marine Police for a set period. In coordination with the mentor, UNODC secured support from the Japanese Government to implement a one-year project to "Support Maritime Law Enforcement in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia to fight against Maritime Crime". The donation of the boats is one of the major activities under this project, in addition to the supply of additional equipment and the series of capacity-building trainings that is already under way.

This activity takes place under the framework of the Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020) and contributes to the achievement of the Goals 15 and 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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