EPA equips officers with prosecution skills

EPAThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with Ghana Law School (GLS) on Monday opened a five-day training course for 40 officers of the EPA to build their capacity in prosecution.

The course is also aimed at training the officers in the application of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures, Understand the basic Rules of Interpretation, Understanding of Ghana’s Legal System, and Knowledge in Advocacy skills and understand the Law of Evidence.

Mr Akwasi Opong-Fosu, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation said the judiciary is a key partner in the area of compliance and enforcement of environmental laws.

He lauded the Chief Justice for the creation of Green Courts which would greatly enhance environmental management and governance.

Mr Opong-Fosu said it is the responsibility of public servants to protect the interest and integrity of the country.

He urged the participants to maintain the stands of protecting public interest.

He tasked the participants not to let the training be a workshop but an intensive course which would bring much benefit to the EPA and the country at large.

Mr Kwasi Prempeh- Eck, Director of Legal Education at the GLS and Chairman of the Ceremony said the GLS is providing Resource Persons to train the officers in the area of prosecution.

Justice Marful-Sau, a Court of Appeal Judge expressed gratitude to the Attorney General’s Department for giving public institutions the mandate to prosecute and urged the officers to be effective and dedicated in their prosecutions in order to lift – up environmental laws and regulations enforcement to the higher level.

Mr John Pwamang, EPA Deputy Executive Director, Field Operations said the collaboration of the two institutions is to build the capacity of the officers to prosecute offenders of environmental laws and regulations.

He said this forms part of the EPA five- year strategic programme aimed at equipping officers to enforce environmental laws and regulations.

Source: GNA

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