Korea Provides Virtual Training for 15 Nigerian Police Officers
The Korean Government through its grant aid agency, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) kicks-off training for 15 Nigeria Police officers for 10 days.
This training is an offshoot of the 3 years Memorandum of Understanding titled “Strengthening the Capacity of Nigeria Police Force in Forensic Training” signed between the Nigeria Police Force and KOICA. As agreed, KOICA will train a total of 45 Police officers within 3 years (yr. 2019 – 2021) with annual participation of 15 officers.
Today, the office held an opening ceremony for the program commencement at the Nigeria-Korea Model School, which is a State-of-the-art multimedia Centre in Piwoyi, Abuja. During the session, the KOICA Country Director Woochan Chang emphasised the importance of security as one of the critical factors for economic growth and prosperity. He acknowledged the efforts of the Federal Government to address security challenges and assured of Korea’s unflinching support to “Win the Peace” in Nigeria.
The KOICA CD said that the program is designed to sharpen the skills and competencies of participating officers in core areas of forensic investigation, counterterrorism, and community policing. Through this program, participants will be equipped with advanced techniques and trends amidst changes in the social and technical environment, as well as acquire empirical knowledge on policy making through Korea’s best practices in security policy, he said. Also, Mr. Chang informed that the program is aligned with the main thrust of the 2017- 2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the SDGs.
At the ceremony, the representative of the Inspector General of Police DCP Johnson Adenola appreciated KOICA for fulfilling its promise of providing the training support as agreed in the MoU despite the COVID-19 global pandemic. He said that the benefits of the training program are invaluable and will support NPF to meet its mandate of ensuring the security of lives and property for everyone in Nigeria.
Last year, high-level officers from the Nigeria Police Force were sponsored by KOICA to undertake the same training in Korea. However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it has become impossible for participants to travel. Thus, the program will be carried out in-country this year.
KOICA hopes that this training program will provide a means to reducing crime incidents and contribute to the overall development of Nigeria.