Nitiwul Commissions Breeding Kernels For Military Police Dogs

Dominic Nitiwul, Lt. Gen. Akwa and others commissioning the facility

Defence
Minister Dominic Nitiwul has commissioned transit quarters and a dog breeding
kernel for the Military Police Dog Training Academy in Accra.

The
construction of the four-block transit facility and dog breeding kernel was
made possible through a public private partnership and the Armed Forces. 

The
accommodation at the academy is for the use of trainers while the kernel is
intended to facilitate the dog breeding programme of the Military Police Dog
Training Academy.

The
minister, who is also Member of Parliament for Bimbilla, said plans were in an
advance stage to upgrade the training facility from its current status of a company
to a fully-fledged training school with its own command structure.

“The
Ghana Armed Forces is aware of the current threats and the need for such
collaboration. It is also developing a canine programme to be shared by all
security agencies both within our country and in the sub region,” he disclosed.

The
engagement of such dogs within and along our borders should deny terrorist groups
the space to operate.

“These
dogs can only be employed after they have been well trained,” he said, adding
that “dogs are intelligent and can help with detection of any ordinance device
and illicit substances in real times”.

The
Minister of Defence commended trainees of the academy for their performance and
zeal during the training and deployment of dogs at the Kotoka International
Airport and Tema Port to strengthen the security.

Mr.
Nitiwul commended development partners, especially the German Armed Forces
Technical Advisor Team, for giving the school a brand new mini-bus and also
refurbishing the classroom block, two kennel blocks, and a swimming pool.

The
Provost Marshall (head of the Military Police), Col Errington Commey, said that
his Unit had built the capacity to support all security operations in the
country through the training of dogs and its personnel for tactical purposes at
various security installations across the country.

He
said the boarding facility has 20 rooms for 40 trainees at a time, with a
central basketball court, each room fitted with a kitchenette, toilet and bath
and all the necessary furnishing.

The
Officer Commanding (OC) the Dog Unit – Captain Ebenezer Akwerh, had his Belgian
Shepherd (Malinois), German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador and Basenji breed of
dogs, perform security drills to the admiration of all.

Dignitaries present at the ceremony were the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Akwa; Chief of Air Staff (CAS) – Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Frank Hanson; Director-General, Personnel and Administration (DG PA) – Brig Gen Awity and representatives of the Police Service, Prisons, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and NACOB.

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By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey



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