total of 480 security officers from Gambia’s security sectors, including
police, army, immigration, prison and revenue authority have been trained and
graduated from a Public Order Management (POM) and Very Important Person (VIP)
protection training ahead of this November summit of the Organisation of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which will be hosted in The Gambia. The graduation
was held recently at the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) in Kanifing.
With a membership of 57 states spread over four continents, OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations. The Organisation is the collective voice of the Muslim world. It endeavors to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.
Public relation officer of The Gambia Police Force Spt. Lamin Sanyang said, hosting the Muslim leaders’ summit is not an easy task, as ‘we’ live in a world of terrorist. He explained that 226 officers were trained on public order management and 254 on VIP protection.
Ebrima Bah of the OIC strategic committee said the ministry of interior has setup a security steering committee that will facilitate security functions during the summit.
Alagie Musa Dibba, representative from the State Intelligence Service (SIS) highlighted that the summit will provide job opportunity, create economic and infrastructural development for the country. “The training is done to protect people during the summit,” he added.
Essa Bokar Sey, OIC head of public relations said security is an important sector in the maintenance of peace.
Mamour Jobe, Inspector General of Police said it is the responsibility of the security to ensure that there is peace at all time. “We all have to prepare and execute our duties because we don’t want failure. We are expecting to train three thousand (3, 000) officers for public order management and VIP protection,” he noted.