Maritime Security and Transnational Organized Crime Course Opens

The KAIPTC, in collaboration with the German government has commenced the Maritime Security and Transnational Organized Crime course on Monday 15th April,2024. The German government sponsors the two-week course. A total number of 25 participants were registered on the course across seven African countries.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Commandant of the KAIPTC, Air Commodore David A Akrong said, “The current threats to maritime security in the region, which include armed robbery of ships at sea, illicit oil bunkering, kidnapping for ransom and the trafficking of people, narcotics, and weapons, thrive on weaknesses in key institutions that are responsible for addressing these issues.”

He recommended long term and sustainable solutions so these challenges are effectively addressed “Only by stepping up capacity building, information sharing, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration amongst stakeholders can this concerning trend be reversed,” The Deputy Commandant said.

Also speaking at the opening ceremony was the Political Advisor of the German Embassy Ms. Pauline Okkens. She expressed that the German government will continue to provide the KAIPTC with the necessary support in its efforts of training military, police, civilian and women. She encouraged the participants to take the opportunity to improve their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the maritime sector and to stay current with the sophistication with which transnational crimes are currently being perpetrated within the maritime domain.

“This course lays the groundwork for improved working relationships and a common understanding among marine stakeholders from the several zones in the Gulf of Guinea maritime region. The formed link would help the group’s attempt to address security issues, both globally and in the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Region specifically,” Ms. Pauline Okkens said.