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50 Years of Establishment on African Union Mile-Stone for Africa - Hanna Tetteh

26 May 2014. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West Hon Hannah Tetteh has disclosed that the year 2013 marked a mile-stone in the lives of the people of Africa after 50 years of establishment of African Union (AU).

Hon Hannah Tetteh noted that the establishment of the day provided a vision to galvanize a union amongst African states to achieve their goals and also to serve as solidarity, unity, peace and securty in Africa.

She made these remarks during the closing ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the African Union Day Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday, May 26, 2014 at the forecourt of the State House at Osu in Accra.

Delivering her Keynote address on the theme ‘’ Pan Africanism and African Reconnaissance’’, the Minister for foreign Affairs and Regional Integration emphasized that the achievements of the goals of 2063 will not be easy therefore there was the need for a proper direction that would take Africa through that long journey.

Adding, “Ghana continues to be a role model of Africa together with Angola and other African states based on the role played by the first President of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah during a meeting held in Ethiopia”.

Hon Hannah Tetteh noted that the state of Armed Conflict and Peacekeeping has been a challenge to Africa. Since 1999, over three hundred billion dollars has been spent on these issues although the gallant men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces and other security services continue to provide security for neighbouring countries.


On her part, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps of Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Mrs Pavelin Tandai Musaka said the Golden Jubilee Celebration was used to define a long term vision for Africa such as the Agenda 2063 which contains the aspirations for Africa as a whole.

She said Agenda 2063 builds on the continents of Africa and consolidates the culture, social and infrastructural developments of all Africans as well as financing the economy by Africans. ‘’ We are confident that the generation that will celebrate 2063 will be a long journey but will succeed at the end’’, she added.



Her Excellency Mrs Musaka hinted that this was based on globalization and request made by the youth, university students, scientists and vibrant leaders such as the need for a modern Africa, a peaceful society to live in, an accountable governance, the  growth of the economy, the establishment of African  markets and the right to live a good and healthy lives.

The African Union is a geo-political entity almost covering the entire of the African continent with Morocco being the exception. The Union of African state, an early confederation was established by Kwame Nkrumah in the 1960s as well as Economic Community in 1981. The AU was established on 25 May 1963. The idea of creating the AU was revived in the mid 1990s under the leadership of Libyan head of state Muammar al- Gaddafi, the head of state and government of the AU issued the declaration on September 9, 1999 calling the plan for the establishment of an African Union.

 

Prof Atukwei Okai, a poet, on behalf of the Pan African writers Association read a poem titled.  The Bandos of Obuntu. The occasion was graced by the Minister of Health, Ms Sherry Ayitey, Hon Nii Afoety Agbo, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the some African countries, Ministers of State, Religious and Traditional leaders and students from the various Senior High Schools in the country.

In attendance were the Ghana Armed Forces Central Band, 64 men on parade with Lt Seth Paul Essiaw as the parade commander and Lt Koomson Arthur as the number 2 contingent commander all from 48 Engineer Regiment.



 
MONUSCO DFC extols First Female Medal Parade Commander

23 May 2014. The Deputy Force Commander (DFC) of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Major General Jean Baillaud has extolled the Officer-in-charge of Civil-Military Cooperation of the Ghanaian Battalion (GHANBATT) serving with MONUSCO, Major Mary Addae for her excellent performance as the first female parade commander of a UN peace medal presentation parade of successive GHANBATTs that have operated in the mission area. 

“Congratulations to the Parade Commander, Major Mary Addae for her marvelous drill skills and impeccable words of command and indeed all the soldiers for what they have shown us today. I have been particularly impressed with the splendid display of professionalism and the colourful parade we have all witnessed this morning”, he reiterated.

Major General Baillaud made these remarks during the UN peace medal presentation parade of the ninth Ghanaian Battalion serving with MONUSCO (MONUSCO GHANBATT 9) on 23 May 2014 at the Battalion Headquarters in Kinshasa.

The DFC also commended the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Fred Ntiri and the entire Battalion for exhibiting a high level of professionalism and discipline. He encouraged all and sundry to continue working hard towards achieving world peace whilst projecting the good image of Ghana in general and the Ghana Armed Forces in particular.



“I am indeed happy to say that, you have not given me any cause to doubt your ability to stand up to any task in the areas where your personnel are deployed, that is, Gemena, Dongo and Mbandaka in the Equateur Province as well as in Kinshasa”, he stated.

He further thanked the Ghana Government on behalf of the UN Secretary General for the enormous sacrifices the country continues to make towards global peace and the promotion of women’s active participation in peacekeeping.  “GHANBATT 9 is the twenty-fifth Ghanaian battalion to have been contributed along with MILOBs and Staff Officers by the Government of Ghana to assist in securing the peace and stability in DR Congo. It is also worth noting that Ghana continues to be an important member of the United Nations peacekeeping fraternity, since sending troops, for the first time, under UN flag in 1960 to this country”, he acknowledged.

In attendance at the parade were Ghana’s Ambassador to DR Congo, HE Peter Kwesi Eboyi Yankey, MONUSCO Police Commissioner, General Pascal Champion, Western Brigade and Ghanaian Contingent Commander, Brigadier General JK Kwankye, some personnel of the Congolese Armed Forces, International and Local UN staff as well as a cross section of Congolese and Ghanaians living in the DR Congo. The occasion was also witnessed by a high profile delegation from Ghana led by Major General Obed Boamah Akwa, the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).

 
Ghanaian Soldiers Donate to Orphans in DR Congo

22 May 2014. The Ghanaian Contingent deployed with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo-MONUSCO Ghanbatt 9 has donated educational materials, mattresses, clothes, foot wear, cooking utensils, buckets, basins, footballs,  jerseys, toiletries and assorted food items worth thousands of US Dollars to the Foyer Pere Frank and Foyer Pere Gerald orphanages located in Kinshasa.

The children of these orphanages were served with drinks, savouries as well as rice with chicken stew.  The Unit’s band – “C’est Tout Band”, also entertained the children with an array of Ghanaian melodies, which both the children and soldiers danced to.

As part of the programme, a cross section of the children engaged in a “musical chairs” competition and the contestants were awarded prizes including school bags, wrist watches and drinks, donated by Mr Ben Afrifa, a Ghanaian working with Bralima Brewery in Congo.  Some of the children were provided with medical and dental care.

Making the donation on behalf of the Battalion at its Headquarters, the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Fred Ntiri, said that it was the Unit’s little contribution to improving conditions of the orphans in the hope that they would grow into useful adults to contribute to the peace and development of their country.

He appealed to all and sundry to join in protecting women and children against violence. “These categories of people who find themselves in war-torn countries are very vulnerable thus, the need for the assistance of the privileged in society to better their lots”, he added.

Patrons of the two orphanages were thankful to the Ghanaian peacekeepers for their kind gesture.  So were the children who expressed their excitement and appealed for another opportunity of this nature to have fun.

Present at the programme were the Western Brigade and Ghanaian Contingent Commander, Brigadier General Kwankye, some members of the UN International Staff, Ghanaian UN Staff, locals as well as some Ghanaians living in Kinshasa who worship with the Ghanaian contingent at their headquarters.

The funds for the donation were raised through a day born collection during the Unit’s Religious Parade on the day the UN officially presented its medal to the Ghanaian Soldiers on 22 May, 2014.

 
Conflict and Crisis Management Course 14 Commenced at GAFCSC

20 May 2014. Conflict and Crisis Management Course 14 has officially commenced at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) on Tuesday 20 May, 2014.

The aim of the Course is to provide participants with in-depth understanding of conflict and internal crises management in order for them to work more effectively, efficiently and cohesively.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Commandant of GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshall Issifu Sakib Kadri who was the Guest of Honour, urged participants of the course to carefully appreciate each other’s roles and responsibilities in order to advise their superiors on more appropriate policy frameworks that they would get acquainted with.



He added that they should be prepared to accommodate and manage change effectively, particularly in this globalised world.

He said in today’s world, Security spending remains a serious challenge to all countries considering the increasing complexity and cost of meeting the diverse need of all people  compounded by the difficulty and the inability to meet all contingencies particularly during disasters.


AVM Kadri said he was hopeful that the participants will all come out of the course well-informed and better equipped to understand conflict and crisis issues and contribute meaningfully towards the management of Conflict and crisis in various countries.

He therefore called for the collective support of all the participants in order to attain the desired course objective.

Participants were drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces, Bureau of National Investigation, Narcotic Control Board, National Disaster Management Organisation, Ministry of local Government and Rural Development, Ghana Health Service, National Security Secretariat, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and some Senior Officers from sister African countries.

 
3 Garrison Commander Holds Maiden Durbar

19 May 2014. Lt Col Edward Awaribey, 3 Garrison Commander and also Commanding Officer (CO) 3 Infantry Battalion has held his maiden durbar with all ranks of the Garrison at the Garrison Chapel on Monday 19 May 2014.

The Garrison Commander in his opening remarks, said he was going to run an opened door policy; without discriminations.  He encouraged all under command to put their shoulders to the wheel and work hard for the success of the Garrison.



Lt Col E Awaribey urged all troops to take training very seriously since continuous training enhances the individual’s performance and progression in the Ghana Armed Forces. He entreated all Company Commanders to intensify training in their various Companies. He expressed displeasure at the immediate past Basic Fitness Test (BFT) results which he said was not encouraging. He counselled troops to keep fit because fitness was an individual’s responsibility.

On career courses, the Garrison Commander advised all ranks to be serious with their courses. He added that promotion was not only based on years of service, but completion of career courses, recommendations and good behaviour. He advised all ranks to document their spouses, children and also update their relevant documents.

 


Troops were also admonished not to engage in illegal operations but rather be alert and security conscious in the performance of their duties. The Commanding Officer entreated troops to maintain high sense of discipline which he said was the bedrock of the Ghana Armed Forces.

 
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