The good works of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) continues to manifest as an award was bestowed on the Centre for its exceptional accomplishments in Burkina Faso.
The Burkinabe Police Service presented a medal of honour to the KAIPTC for achieving outstanding work in the delivery of Police Pre-Deployment Training (PPDT) and the Police Middle Management Courses (PMMC) to a total of 738 Police officers, both in Accra and Ouagadougou.
The award was in recognition of excellent work delivered by the KAIPTC Mobile Training Team (MTT), led by Dr Amadou Fofana, to the Burkina Faso Police Service from 2011 till date.
Prior to the KAIPTC’s training of the Burkinabe Police Service, the nation was ranked 75th with respect to the deployment of Police Troops to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.
Currently, it can boast of an enviable 8th position on the ranking of Military and Police Contributions to United Nations operations.
The Commandant of the KAIPTC, AVM Evans expressed his delight at this significant achievement noting that “this is a double honour for the Mobile Training Team individually and the KAIPTC as an institution.
By excellently delivering on our mission to provide internationally-recognized capacity on African peace and security through training, our team is indeed worthy ambassadors of the quality that the Centre represents”.
Dr Amadou Fofana, who received the award added that “this is a personal honour for me; I am most grateful that the hard work of my colleagues and I have been recognized. This is a huge inspiration to us and an encouragement to us to continue with our good work”.
The medal of honour is proposed by the Burkina Faso Inspector General of Police (IGP), and granted by the Minister of Security and signed by the President of Burkina Faso.
In Burkina Faso, the medal of honour gives financial promotion to citizen beneficiaries, and for recipients abroad, it is for honour, for supporting the activities of the Police Service towards global peace in the sub-region.
The Norwegian and German governments have over the years financed the training of the Burkina Faso Police Service and supported them in varied aspects of the programme.
Since 2011, the KAIPTC Mobile Training Team has been providing Police Pre-deployment Trainings for Peace Support Operations in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Mali, Benin, and Malawi and to missions such as United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo, (MONUSCO), ECOWAS Missions, etc.