The US Government donated a new state-of-the-arts aviation security equipment for use at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra. The equipment includes an L3 Security and Detection Systems ProVision Body Scanner and nine (9) pieces of Smith Detection IONSCAN 600 Explosive Trace Detectors. The equipment will augment aviation security at KIA. The scanner has the capacity to screen 240 passengers every hour and has the capacity detect metallic and non-metallic substances.
The equipment will be deployed at the passenger checkpoint for outbound flights in KIA’s Terminal 3. The US Government also committed to deliver operator training for the donated equipment as well as help provide best practices in airport security management. Speaking at a donation even at KIA, the United States Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Stephanie Sullivan described the equipment as timely considering that Ghana’s Aviation sector was gearing up to start operating direct flights from Ghana to the US.
“In addition to the Delta flight, I’m excited that United Airlines will soon commence direct flights between Ghana and the United States, helping to expand our bilateral connections. As Ghana’s Aviation sector has grown, so too has the importance of Aviation security screening and information sharing,” Ambassador Sullivan said.
Ghana’s Minister for Transportation Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said the assistance was connected to efforts to make Ghana the aviation hub of the West African sub-region. Mr. Asiamah said the deployment of the security equipment would help boost tourism in Ghana and create jobs for the youth.
The Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Ltd Mr. Yaw Kwakwa expressed appreciation to the US Embassy for the kind support. He also commended the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority for its role in facilitating the receipt of the equipment.
The donated security equipment grant was implemented by the U.S Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA), in coordination with the U.S Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration. The ATA program provides support for an Aviation Security Enhancement Program (ASEP) in Ghana in close coordination with the Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) and U.S Embassy Accra.
About the Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Program
Established in 1983, the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program is the U.S. Government’s premier counterterrorism training and equipment provider for foreign law enforcement agencies. The program receives funding and policy guidance from the Bureau of Counterterrorism and is administered by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Training Directorate.
ATA builds the critical counterterrorism capabilities of law enforcement partners abroad with both knowledge-enhancing training courses and tactical skills development to detect, deter, and disrupt terrorist activities.