Thursday, August 25, 2016


The Ranking Member for the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior, Major Derrick Oduro (rtd) has advised participants of the conflict and crisis management course to be mindful of the consequences of conflict. He said this during the opening ceremony of the course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) on Monday 11 July, 2016.


He stated that the participants should not underestimate the importance of developing a healthy relationship amongst the agencies in the management of the country’s defence, security and emergency needs.


The course which brought together students of GAFCSC Course 37, the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies and some sister countries was aimed at providing a clear understanding of how to manage conflict and crisis  in order to minimize loss of lives and properties.


Maj Oduro (rtd) cautioned the participants that without the capacity to manage conflicts and crisis, all developmental efforts would be in vain. Thus, not only would lives be lost and property destroyed but also, nations might fail. He urged them to deem the course as a platform or forum for various experts who have been brought to devise strategies for dealing with conflicts and crisis.


He gave the assurance that participants will be well equipped to confront the contemporary challenges on conflict and crisis in Ghana and urged them to apply what they had learnt in their jobs and endeavour to impart the knowledge they had acquired to others.


A UN Assessment and Advisory Visit team has paid a visit to the Ghana Armed Forces High Command on Thursday 16 July, 2016. The visit was in pursuant of pledges made by the country in the Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS) during the immediate past UN General Assembly.


The pledges made in the PCRS were: a Mechanised Infantry Battalion, a Level 2 Hospital, a Signal Company, an Aviation Unit and a Riverine Unit.


Briefing the delegation, Director of Logistics at the Department of International Peace Support Operations, Colonel Kenneth Kumi, stated that peace support operations are managed by the various Arms of Service of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), by raising personnel for deployments.


He further assured that over 1,000 personnel were ready and could be deployed for the pledged missions. In addition to the personnel, Col Kumi also noted that equipment such as Armoured Personnel Carriers, Ambulances and Aircrafts would be ready for deployment. He was quick to emphasize that not all equipment had been procured but the process was in advanced stages.


Colonel (Dr) Kaylan Addya a member of the delegation advised that as part of the pre-deployment training, first aid training should be paramount.




10 July 2016.  The United Nation Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Ghanbatt 82 has held a thanksgiving service for a successful tour of duty in Lebanon on Sunday 10 July, 2016 at the Arakan Presby/Methodist Church in Burma Camp.


In his sermon Rev (Capt) Noah Boahen, said that thanksgiving to God was important in the life of people or an institution as the Bible required them to give thanks in everything. He added that giving thanks to God enables individuals to have control over situations in their lives.


Speaking to the congregation, the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Ghanbatt, Colonel Omari John Ampadu stated that Ghanbatt 82 was the first Ghanbatt to undertake the one year tour of duty in Lebanon. He noted that though they were faced with some operational challenges, the administrative and logistical support from the government of Ghana and High Command enabled the Ghanbatt to chalk excellence placing the Ghanbatt  high on  the United Nation ratings.


Col Ampadu expressed appreciation to the troops of Ghanbatt 82 for contributing voluntarily to the construction of a 270 seater church at Ghanbatt HQ in Lebanon. He encouraged the clergy and congregation to pray for Ghanbatt 83 that relieved Ghanbatt 82 so that they maintain the standards set.


Following this Col Ampadu on behalf of Ghanbatt 82 donated USD 500 to the Arakan Preby/Methodist church to support the church’s activities. Receiving the donation Senior Elder of the Church, Brigadier General Oppong Kyekyeku (rtd) expressed appreciation to the CO and his Ghanbatt for their kind gesture. Prayers were said for Ghana Armed Forces, CO and Members of the Ghanbatt for the excellent execution of their duties.





Defence Management Course 2016 Ends

8 July 2016.   The 2016 edition of the Defence Management Course organised by the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), in collaboration with Cranfield University of the United Kingdom ended on Friday 8 July 2016. The objective of the course was to broaden participants understanding of the need for cooperation and coordination within the security sector and beyond.


At the closing session, the National Security Coordinator (NSC) of Ghana, Mr. Yaw Donkor noted that one of the objectives of the course was also to enable students locate defence within the wider context of national and regional security and that it was crucial to defence management.


According to him, training in the management of defence and security was a critical requirement for any nation. He added that the effective coordination of the involved agencies’ efforts was a fundamental success factor and all participants must endeavour to stay in touch to exchange information on regular basis.


Mr Donkor was confident that extensive knowledge and experience had been brought to bear on the course and commended the sister countries who participated in the course for the value their varied experiences added to the interaction.


The Security Coordinator commended GAFCSC for adding such innovative programmes to its curricular, and for bringing agencies of the state together to study, deliberate upon, and seek common ways to address important national issues. He also thanked the Cranfield University, the British High Commission and all resource persons for their roles in helping to deliver the package.


The Commandant of GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Idriss  Kadri commended all the Resource Persons especially the Head of Centre for International Security and Resilience, Cranfield University, Dr Laura Cleary for their immense support and appealed to them to continuously assist whenever called upon.


7 July 2016.  The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana, Mr Ebenezer Twumasi Asante, has congratulated the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje on his elevation to the highest office of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).


The CEO made the commendation when he paid a courtesy call on the CDS at his office on Thursday 7 July, 2016 at the General Headquarters, Burma Camp. The visit was to formally acknowledge the CDS on his assumption of office and also wish him well in the performance of his duties.


Strengthening the relations between MTN Ghana and the GAF, was again discussed at the meeting including the possible areas that needs to be reinforced with regards to communication.


The CDS, Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, in brief remarks welcomed the CEO on behalf of personnel of the GAF and expressed his appreciation for the noble visit. He noted that GAF was ready to cooperate with MTN Ghana in the provision of communication infrastructure.


Mr. Asante’s appointment as first Ghanaian to be put at the helm of affairs of the company in Ghana follows the resignation of the former CEO of MTN Ghana, Serame Taukobong. Prior to his appointment in May 2015, Mr. Asante was the CEO of MTN Rwada.



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