Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EMETTS to Award Diploma Certificates

11 December 2015. The Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Technical Training School (EMETTS) will soon award Diploma Certificate to Students who successfully pass the appropriate examinations prescribed by the Ghana Education Service (GES) - Technical Unit and Accreditation Board.

This was made known by Deputy Commandant MATS, Col James Hagan at the Closing Ceremony of Up-Grading Class 1 Course 2/2015 and EMETTS End of Year Get Together on Friday December 11, 2015 at EMETTS School’s Premises.

He said having introduced City and Guilds programme aimed at providing personnel with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to sharpen their skills, plans are far advanced for the School to get accredited from Ghana Education Service (GES) and Accreditation Board to award Diploma.

He noted that; with the tremendous support from the German Government, EMETTS have undergone monumental improvement in infrastructure. The three new constructed workshops he said, was a clear demonstration of the German Armed Forces Technical Advisory Group’s (GMTAG) commitment towards developing EMETTS.

The Deputy Commandant reiterated that, the increasing rate of technological advancement in this era, makes upgrading of skills and knowledge of tradesmen very important for the Ghana Armed Forces because it reduces weaknesses in once chosen fields of profession or trade and also helps those who rely on others to complete basic work or task.

Col Hagan emphasized that providing training and upgrading creates overall knowledgeable technicians, artisans and artificers who can work collectively as teams or individually without constant help or supervision.

He acknowledged the fact that the School was still saddled with some challenges such as lack of school bus, library and other facilities needed to effectively and efficiently run the School and promised command continues support to the EMETTS School irrespective of financial implications.     

On his part, the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Technical Training School (EMETTS), Lt Col Joseph Kwame Borglo, said the 20 weeks Up-grading Course 1/2015 commenced on Friday 24 July 2015 with Fifty-four (54) students of which three (3) were females. One (1) was withdrawn for operation CITADEL while another one (1) due to poor academic performance.

The Students were trained in Ten (10) different Trade Groups: Vehicle Mechanic, Fitter Weapon, Electromedical Technician, Office Machine Mechanic and Auto Electrical Mechanic.

Others were Clerk Storeman, Carpenter Painter, Driver Recovery Mechanic, Autobody and Metal Smith and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics.

The CO noted that, the School recorded a 100% pass in the June City and Guilds – London, Diploma in Vehicle Technology Examination and L/Cpl Bosumpra Christopher a student on the Course was the only one to obtained Distinction in the whole of Ghana.

At the end of the Up-Grading Class 1 Course 2/2015, L/Cpl Mohammed Baba Musah took the 2nd runner up best student prize, Pte Anabilla Roland took the 1st runner up best student prize and Cpl Dei Dennis taking the overall best student prize while a female L/Cpl Elizabeth Doe wining the best Clerk Storeman Trade Group.

Rejoice and Be Thankful to God

13 December 2015. The Commandant, Military Academy and Training schools, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto Bonsu, has stated that Armed Forces continue to remain resolute for the discharge of defending its constitutional mandate.  He commended the personnel for their loyalty, vigilance, integrity, dedication and professionalism for the maintenance of   peace and stability in the country.
As the Brigade’s slogan, in which he found most inspiring, “Press on Regardless”, exhorted all to continue giving off their best to sustain the peace and security irrespective of the challenges that one may encounter.

He made this remarks during the Support Services Brigade Group Non-Denominational Religious Service on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Headquarters, Burma Camp.

Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto Bonsu, who was the Guest of Honour for the occasion said, thanksgiving religious service was very appropriate, considering the mercies and grace God has bestowed on us.
He reiterated that the year 2015 has been momentous but by God’s grace and favour we have managed to sail through some of the challenging periods. Hence, it was therefore opportune time to give thanks to the Almighty for his bountiful mercies.

He commended the Brigade Commander and his able Commanding Officers for counting on God first, adding that apart from the important consideration of morale, highly religious persons make better soldiers.

He noted that, the theme for the occasion ‘Rejoice and be thankful to God’ was appropriate in that, by giving thanks we show appreciation and this indirectly affects positively our daily lives. “Indeed religion today is not as strong as it was yesterday, yet it continues to play important role in human society”. He explained that religion makes people solemn, puts sunshine in our lives, joy in our hearts and a song in our mouths and that the Bible and Quran teaches us to rejoice not withstanding mankind’s circumstances.
The commandant used the occasion to congratulate the Support Services Brigade for winning the EX TIGERS’ PATH Competition and the Ghana Army Inter-Command/Formation Sports Competition which were organized this year.

Finally Rear Admiral Akoto Bonsu thanked all the personnel to take good care of themselves as Christmas approaches.
The Imam, Sheik Hussein Yeboah and the Chaplain, Rev Okpoti Botchawey both gave the sermon on the theme: Rejoice and Be Thankful to God. Reading from the Scriptures, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18 and the Qur’an Chapter 6:24 respectively.

The Chaplains reminded personnel and their families the need to render thanks to God for all he has done than regretting of their expectance.

Present at the occasion were the Guest of Honour, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto Bonsu, Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools, Brig Gen Mike Akpastu, Commander, Ghana Military Academy, Mr Ernest Agbesi, MD National Investment Bank, Senior Officers, Officers, Men and Women, Civilian Employees and families.

Forces Pay Office Celebrates WASSA

17 December 2015. Forces Pay Regiment has celebrated its annual get-together during the WASSA week for personnel and civilian counterparts as a means of honouring and appreciating their efforts throughout the year at the Unit Square, Burma Camp on the 17 December, 2015.

The theme for this year’s celebration was dubbed “Achieving Financial Excellence through Team Effort”.

Speaking at the gathering, the Commanding Officer of the Unit, Colonel Sampana Babilah underscored the importance of organizing the event to appreciate the efforts of soldiers and civilian employees who have worked tirelessly to bring the year to a successful end.  “Although the year was saddled with tough challenges, we have conquered,” he added.

He outlined a number projects that were undertaken in the unit within the year. He mentioned renovation of buildings, computerization project for pay works, renovation of the square and provision of barbering shop to enhance the appearance of troops and many more were the achievement of the Unit.

The Guest of Honour, former Director of Budget GHQ DFC, Col Cecilia Akyiaa Gambrah (rtd), entreated all and sundry to be loyal to Command.

Giving an insight on retirement, Col Gambrah said retirement is an inevitable and unavoidable phenomenon that had to be given serious deliberation. She counseled that, adequate planning should be a priority right from the inception of an individual’s career.” Pension is another phase of life that most workers usually ignore but eventually catch up with them and planning is the way forward” she said.

Distinguished personnel who worked assiduously for the success of the unit within the year were awarded, ranging from LED Digital TV to Fridge.

Among the Companies who sponsored this year’s WASSA included GCB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, TT Brothers, Healthy Life Beverage Limited, GLICO, Cowbell among others.

Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion were Support Services Commander Brig Gen Musah Wadjah, Defence Financial Controller, Brig Gen E Abdulai, Director DIT, Col. Appiah Kubi, and FSM CWO Owusu Dickson among others.

Commander Support Services Brigade Group’s Christmas and New Year Message - 2015

1.    Once again, by the grace of God, we are coming to the end of another year on the threshold of a new one.  We all owe our continued well-being and collective accomplishments to the Almighty, who has been the source of our strength and sustenance.  

2.     I wish to express my genuine appreciation and best wishes of joy, peace and goodwill to All Ranks, Civilian Employees, National Service Personnel and our beloved Families of the Support Services Brigade Group for your selfless devotion, hardwork, sacrifice and dedication to duty.   Whilst the end of a period offers a good opportunity for sober introspection, the new beginning also brings with it fresh hope and determination to improve upon past performance.  The Brigade can therefore look back on the year 2015 with a high sense of pride and accomplishment for the many achievements in the midst of diverse challenges as well as welcome the year 2016 with high optimism and cherished hope of success.

3.    I wish, particularly, to recognise the supreme sacrifice of our gallant men and women, who are deployed all over the world in peace support operations, pursuing the noble cause of peace to mankind, often times at the peril of their lives.  In pursuing this noble objective, therefore, we are fulfilling a cardinal injunction of our various faiths. I would urge you to review our commitment to the pursuit of world peace and good neighborliness and also remember our brothers and sisters all over the world who are making modest contributions to world peace and security.

4.    I would like to take this opportunity to commend our Female Officers and Women who participated in the 58th Independence Day Anniversary Parade at Black Star Square on 6 March 2015 as Army Special Female Contingent.  The splendid performance of this exceptionally devoted and highly motivated Contingent has won the admiration of many people nationwide and abroad. This is a memorable achievement not only for themselves and their Units but also for the Support Services Brigade Group, the Ghana Army and the entire Ghana Armed Forces.  The hardwork, discipline, dedication to duty and commitment of these women has brought this enviable honour to all women in the professional Ghana Army and has lifted high the gender pride of the Ghanaian woman.

5.    The training year has been remarkable judging from the wonderful feats recorded. I therefore commend the Tigers’ Path Team and our gallant sportsmen/women for placing first in the Exercise Tigers’ Path and for emerging the Overall Winners of the Ghana Army Inter- Command/Formation Sports Competitions respectively. As we share these remarkable achievements, I urge you to keep up with your excellent performance and remain more committed than ever before.  

6.    I take this fine opportunity to salute all Officers, Men, Women, Civilian Employees and our beloved Families for your support and resilient displayed throughout the year. Let me also associate myself with your loyalty, vigilance, integrity, dedication and professionalism that has enabled us to provide the needed logistics support for the Ghana Armed Forces in the midst of daunting challenges. Your completed self-help projects are also commendable and worthy of praise.  I further wish to thank all our development partners, well-wishers and all who in diverse ways supported the Formation the best in the ensuing year.  I expect that we improve on these positive attributes to enable us discharge our duty with greater honour, pride and dignity next year.

7.    By the celebration of Christmas and New Year, let us rededicate ourselves and uphold our core values of loyalty, duty, respect, self-discipline, honour, integrity, personal courage and steadfastness, all of which constitute the hallmark of Christianity. I therefore urge you to use these occasions to pray for a peaceful and stable environment in the ensuing year of 2016/2017 as we prepare towards the Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The “Press on and Regardless Spirit” should continue to be our watchword. May the Yuletide bring us blessings of joy, fruitfulness and success in all our efforts as we endeavour to achieve more in 2016. It is our year of not turning back. I wish the Great Elephant Fraternity a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous fulfilling New Year.


Brigadier General

GMA Holds Change of Status Parade

16 December 2015. The Ghana Military Academy (GMA) has held a Change of Status Parade for the Standard Military Course (SMC) 56 at the Parade Square, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Wednesday, 16 December, 2015.

The aim of the change of status parade was to officially usher the cadets into the regular career phase, and also to develop leadership qualities and lay a solid foundation upon which the cadets can build a career in the Armed Forces.

The Director Academic Affairs of MATS, Colonel James Hagan  said it was a great honour to have been invited to review the change of status parade for SMC 56, expressing his sincere gratitude to the Commandant, MATS and Commander GMA for the recognition.

He noted that for the past 22 weeks, the cadets have been guided through very difficult and trying moments which may have pushed them to reconsider their decision to remain in the academy. But this was the purpose of the SMC phase which was intended to mould them to be able to adapt to the new and challenging military environment in which they would find themselves.

Col Hagan added that the first phase being physically challenging also exerted enormous mental strain on the cadets more especially under the watchful eyes of their hardworking instructors.

Further, he mentioned that discipline was the basis of all military efforts and the highest standards were expected of them to stand the demands of the profession.

He advised them that as future leaders they must discipline themselves before they could expect to maintain that high standard of discipline required of all those under their command.

Col Hagan therefore conferred the status of intermediate cadets and re-designation from Standard Military Course Intake 56 to Regular Career Course Intake 56.

He concluded by congratulating cadets on their new status and said this came with new and more responsibilities and believed they would be up to the task.

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