On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, the Department of Forensic Science of the University for Development Studies, collaborated with Forensic Investigation for National Development Ghana (FINDGh) to host their maiden Forensic Science Summit in Tamale.
The august event took place at the Dr Adani Andan Academic Chamber at the Central Administration, Tamale. They said the summit was born out of the shared interest of both collaborators to propagate the prospects forensic science carries and to educate people in ensuring proper justice delivery.
The summit hosted an audience from different professions including the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Ambulance Service, and the Security of the University for Development Studies. Students and lecturers were not also left out.
The theme for the summit was “Building a formidable Security Front where Stakeholders Cooperate to ensure Efficient Delivery of Justice”.
Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences, Professor Elliot Haruna Alhassan chaired the summit. The Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye was the Special Guest of Honour.
In the VCs speech, he emphasized the need for sophisticated approaches toward crime-solving in Ghana to clamp down on criminal networks hindering the nation’s development.
Keynote Speaker and Acting Head of the Department of Forensic Sciences, Dr Lydia Quansah addressed the chamber on the state of forensic science in Ghana. Dr Quansah emphasized the need to prioritize forensics science as a discipline in Ghana to foster sustainable development.
Her presentation also highlighted the gaps and challenges in forensic science practice and education, of which government policies were included.
Other speakers included Dr Odumah Hood who spoke on public awareness about nuclear emergencies and the need for nuclear forensics.
Executive Director of FIND Ghana, Mr Saeed Ciessey and Mr Kwasi Wiafe Ampofo Kwapong led a session on a mock crime scene investigation demonstration. Dr Abu Suleman Mohammed and Dr Abdul Rahman Haruna Sachibu also demonstrated scenes of emergency first aid response.
At the end of the day, the chairman also reiterated the need for forensic support for crime investigations. Prof. Alhassan also called on the security agencies to open up for collaborations with the UDS Forensic Sciences Department to fast-track the accreditation process and future training. He also announced special programmes designed by the University to target security agencies.