Security prepares ahead of OIC Summit

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Gambia Traffic Management and VIP Personnel on Wednesday 23 January graduated from a training conducted by the Turkish Police in preparation for the upcoming OIC Summit which The Gambia hosts in November 2019.

At least 30 traffic management personnel and 35 VIP officers have been trained by the Turkish Police ahead of OIC Summit in Nov. 2019.

The training started on the 14 January targeting a total of 65 personnel from different security apparatuses.

The training was organised by the OIC secretariat in collaboration with the government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Interior, and it was designed to capacitate traffic officers on Road Safety and Regulations and the Protection of VIP Personnel.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lamin L.K. Bojang said the training was timely, pointing out that it is part of the preparation for the OIC Summit. He added that a steering community was set at the Ministry of Interior which encompasses all the services.

“We had meetings at the ministry and based on that, we had collaboration with the OIC Secretariat; and we sent our needs to them because a need assessment was needed as far as the security force is concerned” he stated.

In relation to that, he said, Turkey was one of the first countries to respond to provide capacity building to the officers.

Landing Bojang said that the training will go a long way in enhancing their policing strengths.

“We would send words of gratitude to the OIC Secretariat for their commitment and tireless efforts in ensuring that the security arrangements are well coordinated,” he said.

Turkish ambassador to The Gambia, Ismail Sefa Yuceer said that the Turkish Police for the past weeks have made sure that The Gambia Police have the capability to face all the challenges and threats that might confront them.

“A great number of people in The Gambia Police Force have been trained in Turkey,” he said. “Some of them had short term training while others participated in courses in the police academy as well as in the graduate programmes and undergraduate programmes.”

Ambassador Yuceer reassured of Turkish commitment to The Gambia particularly the upcoming summit; assuring that there will be more training by Turkey officials in the coming months.

Author: Fatou B. Cham