By: Fatoumata Joof,
Information Officer , Ministry of Interior .
The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) with funding from the European Union (EU) has trained about 20 staff of the Ministry of Interior and its line security institutions on annual and periodic reporting on security matters. The training was held at a local hotel from the 17th to the 18th of October, 2022.
The two-day capacity building focused on report analysis of the security institutions under the purview of the Ministry.
Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Interior during the closing ceremony, the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Technical) at the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Gibril Lowe, said the Ministry understands that Security Sector Reform (SSR) cannot be implemented without capacity building; hence the partnership between the Ministry and the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance.
Mr. Lowe expressed belief that the knowledge gained from this important training will guide the reform process.
He acknowledged that DCAF has been supporting the Ministry of Interior and its line institutions in its reform process. He therefore expressed his heartfelt appreciation to DCAF and EU for their continual support to the security institutions.
The facilitator of the training, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, declare that despite some challenges in the country’s security reform process, The Gambia might be the first success story in Africa. He expressed good impressions about the developments undertaken by the government in sequence; such as the development of National Security Policy, Strategic Plan, Coordination and Monitoring Framework, among others.
Dr. Kunbuor further noted that the country is at the crucial point of implementation and that at the same time, almost all the assessments that were conducted on the security institutions in terms of capacity gaps, are executed.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mr. Alagie A Secka expressed appreciation to DCAF and facilitator for the training opportunity. He added that the knowledge gained from the training will be used as a yardstick to effectively ensure that their reporting line is accurate and professional.