The Canadian government has donated two speedboats and diving equipment to the Ghana Navy in an effort to improve security on its waters.
The equipment, valued at one million dollars, was handed over to Ghana at Tema Harbour this week by Christopher Thornley, the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana. The boats will be used for search and rescue, combating smuggling and other illegal activities at sea.
Ghana’s Deputy National Security Co-ordinator, Alhaji Salifu Osman, who received the equipment, thanked the Canadian government for the gesture, and promised that the boats would be utilised for their intended purposes, reports The Chronicle.
Osman said the donation was part of a training and equipment package from the Canadian government aimed at improving security in the Gulf of Guinea.
Major Ignatius Awuni (rtd), who received the equipment on behalf of the Ghana Navy, said that trainers from South Africa have trained 18 personnel in the use of the new equipment, including ten from the Ghana Navy, six from the Ghana Army and two from the Ghana Air Force. He said that those trained would go to south Africa for a specialist course to enable them to train others. The four to six month training programme will primarily involve diving training.