Training Program Opens for Liberian Security in Ghana

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A four-month training program organized by the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) for the fifth batch of 13 Liberian security personnel is underway in Accra, Ghana News Agency (GNA) has reported.

Officers selected for the training included those from the Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).

The postgraduate diploma in leadership and management program, funded by the Irish Aid of the United Nations, is to build the capacity of the 13 personnel.

Professor Samuel Bonsu, Dean of Business School of GIMPA, said the Institute has trained four batches of senior LNP officers, and the current intake brings the total to 92.

The first batch comprised 19 police officers, who took the Diploma in Leadership and Management, while the second and third batches, consisting of 37 police officers, obtained certificates in Public Administration. The fourth batch of 23 officers obtained certificates in Administration and Management.

The officers would undertake courses such as Introduction to Human Resource; Introduction to Organizational Behavior; Introduction to Budgeting and Financial Management; Strategic Thinking Policy Formulation and Analysis; Principles of Management; Police Administration; and Basic Statistics.

Prof. Bonsu said the Institute prides itself in excellence and quality education, and urged the officers to work hard ahead of the training and put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired to strengthen the peace and security of Liberia.

Mr. Varmuyan Kamara, leader of the LNP officers, commended GIMPA and the UN for organizing the program. He pledged the officers’ resolve to observe the rules and regulations of the Institute.

GIMPA was established in 1961 as a joint Ghana Government/United Nations Special Fund Project. It was originally called the Institute of Public Administration, established to train public servants on administrative and professional competence to plan and administer national, regional and local services.

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