The Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) is set to train over a 1000 security personnel in the Eastern Region to equip them with technological skills to combat cybercrime.
The training program according to the management of the university is to equip the security agencies with adequate skills to combat cyber crimes such as child trafficking.
The personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Prisons Service, Immigration Service will go through a two months rotational batch training program which is expected to last for two years.
In an interview with Citi News at the official launch of the training program at the Koforidua campus, the Acting President of GTUC, Prof. Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa said the program is to help the security agencies to acquire the skills to tackle the changing trends of crime.
“We have designed advanced skills and training in cybersecurity, training in forensics using fingerprints and DNA, we have crimes that when you commit and we get your fingerprints we can track you wherever you are in the country and other advanced forms of training that we want to roll out in the whole country for security personnel but we want to first ensure they are given the basic ICT training first so after that we will select those who have those responsibilities in that area and train them in the advanced skills”.
On his part, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Samuel Nuertey Ayertey who welcomed the collaboration called on the participants to use the knowledge well in the development of the nation.
” Our security personnel needs to be equipped with the requisite skills and technology if they have to be relevant in our pursuit to combat crime. It is in the light of this that I consider this initiative by the Ghana Technology University College to train uniform men and women in IT to fight modern-day crime as very apt and timely and this could have not come at an opportune time than now when hardly a day passes by without one reading or hearing reports and news about robberies, murders and in recent times kidnapping”.
” I want to urge the regional security commanders for Ghana Police Service, immigration, fire and prisons services to personally commit to ensuring that, this training program is successful and let the participants take every minute of the training sessions seriously, asking all the necessary questions which will help them to do their work professionally and effectively.”