Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, Minister of Defence, has urged the Kofi Annan International Peace-Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) to stay constantly aligned with the standards of tertiary education.
That, he said, would enable it to offer head-on approach in addressing security issues.
According to him, recent peace and security challenges around the globe and the West African sub-region, in particular, required that the Centre remained focused on providing the knowledge and skills that would build the capacity of personnel in their efforts to tackle those issues.
Dr. Kunbuor made these remarks at the Centre’s joint graduation ceremony for 89 students who pursued Masters Degree programmes during the past year.
The programmes included Master of Arts in Conflict, Peace and Security, Masters of Arts in Gender, Peace and Security and Executive Master of Arts in Conflict, Peace and Security.
Dr. Kunbuor emphasised the relevance of the Centre in equipping students with analytical tools to promote peace and maintain security in the sub region, adding that development would only be realised in an environment of peace and security which the Centre was championing.
He commended the Centre for playing a huge role in an incident-free general election on December 7, and urged it to remain vibrant in the maintenance of peace and security in the country.
On the basis of its enormous achievements since its establishment, Dr. Kunbuor noted that the Centre would remain on course as the leading centre on the continent in building the capacity of personnel in addressing the diverse security issues facing the continent.
He urged the graduands to remain in contact with the Centre to help it carry out its objectives including creating the strategies to manage the plethora of security challenges facing the country.
Air Vice Marshall Griffiths Santrofi Evans, Commandant, KAIPTC, said the Centre was committed to offering training courses aimed at building capacity in conflict management.
He noted that the Centre was progressively achieving its vision of contributing to the maintenance of peace and security in the country and the sub-region as a whole.
To be able to effectively play a role in maintaining peace and security, the Commandant urged the graduands to be avid monitors of development and readily offer thier service to improve society and urged them to keep learning to build on their strength.
The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Mrs. Ursula Owusu, emphasised the importance of creating awareness on cyber security, which if not properly addressed, could lead to the leak of government operations and document.
“It is time for a conversation on cyber security in the face of rapid technology development. Cyber security is very important currently and we must all endeavour to protect the space,” she said.
Mrs. Owusu urged government officials and political appointees to keep themselves abreast of emerging security challenges to be able to confront challenges in cyber security.
Master Philip Kwashee Buafor, Ms. Baaba Blankson and Moses Kwame Delase Betsoe emerged best students in their various fields of endeavour.
By Claude Nyarko Adams