As part of efforts to build the capacity of various security agencies in Liberia, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) over the weekend graduated 95 officers, who completed a six month course earlier this year, in Accra, Ghana.
The GIMPA training is intended by the Liberian government to build the capacity of officers and senior staff of the various security agencies including officers from the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
The graduation was held over the weekend at the Liberia National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The ceremony was witnessed by Gregory Hinds, Commissioner of UNPOL; Anthony Souh, DEA Director; Senators Sumo Kupee, Chairman on Security, and Thomas Grupee of Nimba County; as well as representatives of the Ghanaian Embassy in Liberia and UN agencies in Liberia, among others.
Prof. Samuel Adams, Rector of GIMPA, expressed gratitude to the Liberian government for allowing her senior, middle and junior officers from the various security agencies to undergo the post-graduate diploma and certificate in public administration.
The graduates included the newly appointed Liberia National Police (LNP) Director, Gregory Coleman; former Acting LNP Director for Operations, Prince B. Mulbah and Emmanuel G. Wonleh, DEA Chief of Operations.
GIMPA’s core mandate is to train public servants and provide education, training and services in the field of leadership, management and public administration for the public and private sectors. The institute, according to its management, is making significant progress in collaborating with institutions at home and abroad by offering programs that will strengthen and enhance the job performance of senior managers and equip them with skills that will enhance effective leadership and management of their respective institutions.
Based on this goal, Mr. Adams noted that the training program is contributing to the security reform through enhancing the skills of the officers in the sub-region.
“GIMPA and partners seek to develop a cadre of executives who will provide the desired leadership in professionalizing the police service and security forces at large,” Mr. Adams said.
He expressed the hope that the investments the government made toward the capacity-building of the graduates would contribute to the professional and overall improvement of the security sector for the better.
Emma Warwick, Head of Development Irish Aid, said from 2013 to 2016, the organization has funded the implementation of five rounds of graduate training programs undertaking by the GIMPA.
The training, she said, “is aimed at enhancing administration and management capacity among middle and senior ranked members of Liberia’s law enforcement agencies.”
Today, Madam Warwick said, more than 90 members of those agencies had successfully completed the GIMPA training.
She added: “Like Liberia, Ireland has a history of civil conflict and is now enjoying a period of peace and reconciliation. It is with this sense of shared experiences that we, through Irish Aid, maintain a great interest in the development of Liberia’s security sector to ensure continued peace and stability.”
Members of the Irish Defense Forces were assigned to the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia from November 2003 until May 2007. Following this, the force became eager to request the Irish Aid’s support of the security sector, which selected officers to attend the GIMPA training.
“It is for this reason that we have proudly supported the professional development of members of Liberia’s law enforcement agencies since 2013,” Madam Warwick said.
Augustine Fayiah, Assistant Minister for Litigation at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), who was proxy for Minister Fredrick Cherue, lauded Irish Aid and GIMPA for their commitment to supporting the people of Liberia, particularly the security sector.
Minister Fayiah said the people of Liberia will forever remember the support in building the capacity of the security sector, particularly the education aspects that is aimed at putting the country on par with other nations in the region, including Ghana and Nigeria.
Mr. Fayiah challenged the graduates to exhibit high levels of professionalism based on the GIMPA’s training and also put on the garment of responsibility, leadership and commitment.
He also urged them to serve as ambassadors for the people of Liberia and to the various security agencies ensuring that the best is provided in terms of output.