GHANA: UNODC deploys Mobile Training Unit to strengthen fight against drug trafficking

This activity was funded by the European Union

21 March 2018- Building law enforcement capacities is critical in the fight against drug trafficking across West Africa. The region is facing multiple threats caused by organized crime and drug trafficking. To help tackle these threats, UNODC is providing these countries with Mobile Training Units (MTU) that can be used to deliver corporate training modules and improve the capacity of law enforcement agencies to fight drugs and crime.

The Republic of Ghana has been the first country to benefit from this MTU from the project " Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on drug trafficking, organized crime and drug abuse in West Africa ", funded by the European Union. The deployment took place in Accra from 20 to 23 March 2018.

Following an assessment visit carried out a few months ago, it was agreed that the Narcotics Control Board of Ghana (NACOB) will be the host agency of the MTU.

Technically, an MTU is a set of computers already loaded with corporate training modules, that can be used to deliver training and improve the capacity of law enforcement agencies to fight drug trafficking and organized crime. These are very robust, ruggedized, and state of the art computers, accessible off-line, easily transportable in dedicated storage boxes. The MTU is deployable anywhere needed as a mobile and fully functional training room.

During the opening ceremony, the acting Executive Secretary of the NACOB, Mr Francis Kofi Torkornoo, said that "the training would help bring to the fore, the new modus operandi being used by drug traffickers to enable officials to effectively fight crime."

 

 

  

  The MTU presented during the deployment ceremony in Accra, Ghana. ©UNODC 2018

Mr. Jullien Woirin, UNODC Programme and Liaison Officer, representing the UNODC Regional Representative, commended Ghanaian authorities "for their commitment to ensuring the continuous, adaptive capacity-building of its law enforcement agencies, and for their openness to embrace innovative approaches such as the one proposed through the deployment of MTUs."

Mr. Sotirios Bazikamwe, Governance Adviser, from the EU Delegation to Ghana, explained that "border management and control, drug trafficking, counter terrorism, money laundering, will be tackled thanks to the MTU".

Mr. Amankwah, Representative of the Ministry of the Interior, and Commander Anderson Fosu-Ackaa from the Police Academy, expressed their satisfaction regarding opportunities offered by MTUs. 

A four-day specialized training programme following the handover of the MTU was organized for 20 trainees drawn from NACOB, the Ghana Police Service, the Police Academy, the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Intelligence Financial Centre and the Organized crime Office.

Mr. Chand Kaushil, UNODC Head of Technology and Solutions, and Mr. Kamal Toure, eLearning Project Officer of the ECOWAS Action Plan Project, Emmanuel G. Williams, ICT trainer from the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency, conducted Training of Trainers sessions on MTU use.

By hosting this MTU deployment, Ghana is poised to inspire other ECOWAS Member States. The MTU will offer wider possibilities to reach more trainees across the country even if they are in remote areas.

The eLearning component of the ECOWAS Action Plan support Project aims to build capacities and improve law enforcement officer's knowledge on all UNODC mandates and to make them more efficient to fight against drug trafficking.

The UNODC eLearning platform offers more than 100 modules on many subjects such as land border control techniques, drug trafficking and organized crime, crime scene investigation, clandestine laboratories, smuggling of migrants.

UNODC has provided technical assistance to West African States for the past 20 years through its Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar, Senegal and 11 other local offices based in different countries of the region.

For more information:

UNODC action against drug trafficking in West Africa

Support Project to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on illicit drug trafficking in West Africa

UNODC Global eLearning Programme