Maritime affairs and security course ends in Accra

Some participants and officials after the course
Some participants and officials after the course

The workshop which is expected to train operational level personnel and other actors to combat maritime crimes, including piracy and armed robbery was sponsored by the European Union (EU) through its Support to West Africa Integrated Maritime Security (SWAIMS) programme.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the workshop, Mr Augustus Addy-Lamptey, the Project Coordinator of SWAIMS said the project was expected to enable the participants to collaborate effectively to combat maritime crimes such as maritime security, functional areas, legal and policy framework, blue economy, maritime crisis, the Yaounde Architecture, and managing complexities.

He tasked the participants to take full advantage of the course to enable them help in fighting the maritime crimes in their various jurisdictions.

“I am glad about the turnout and the commitment from the various participants because they demonstrated a lot of technical know-how throughout the duration of the workshop.

“I believe it will serve them well if they can take advantage of what they have learnt here in the discharge of their duties in their various jurisdictions,” said Mr Addy-Lamptey.

For his part, the acting Vice-Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University, Dr Jethro W. Brooks was optimistic that the continuous capacity building of maritime workers could help in eradicating these crimes.

He called on the participants to be worthy ambassadors in the sub-region to help sanitise the maritime industry.

“The course is very important and I entreat all of you to be worthy ambassadors in the sub-region so we can sanitise the maritime industry.

“This I believe with the continuous training of workers would go a long to help in eradicating  maritime crimes.”