Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MINUSMA GHANENGCOY 2 donates to Cardio Centre of KBUTH & 37 Military Hospital

26 January 2015. The United Nations (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali, Ghana Engineer Company 2 (MINUSMA GHANENGCOY 2) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has presented 6 wheel chairs to the 37 Military Hospital and cash donations to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBUTH) Cardiothoracic Centre on Monday, 26 January 2015.

The Officer Commanding (OC) of MINUSMA  GHANENGCOY 2, Maj Richard Amedeka who led the delegation to the two hospitals presented a cash of US $1,000 to the Cardiothoracic Centre of the KBUTH and 6 wheel chairs worth US $800 to the 37 Military Hospital.

Maj Amedeka stated that the donation to the two hospitals was part of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to society. The donations, he said, was from their church contributions during their Peace Keeping Missions in Mali.

The company, he noted, took over command in Mali in January 2014. They provided Engineering and Humanitarian support. Some of their humanitarian support included the presentation of children drugs, food items, soaps and detergents to the Mali Orphanage at Sanankorba and organised clean-up exercise at Senou market. Thus, they thought it wise to render the same gesture in their country as well.

Personnel in the GAF, Maj Amedeka stated, are aware of the good and tedious work the Cardiothoracic Centre of KBUTH and 37 Military hospitals are doing, so in their small way on their return from the Mission, they thought it wise to present the cash and wheel chairs to augment the work of the two hospitals.

Dr Lawrence Sereboe the Director of Cardiothoracic Centre welcomed the delegation back to Ghana and expressed his gratitude to the company and the GAF for remembering the Cardio Centre. The centre he said has a cordial relationship with GAF and receives support from all the institutions. 

He added that KBUTH exchange training programmes with the 37 Military Hospital to make both institutions abreast with current and delicate medical conditions.

Dr Sereboe mentioned that, the Heart Foundation has helped about 320 person to undergo heart surgery in 2014. He therefore appealed to individuals and corporate bodies to contribute to the foundation.

He commended GAF’s professionalism and discipline in their UN Peace Keeping Missions.

Dr Sereboe, the Acting Director of Nursing at the Cardio Mrs Peace Asante and Mr Ken Lamptey received the donation on behalf of the Centre.

Col Samuel Adjei the Commanding Officer of the 37 Military Hospital on behalf of the staff thanked the MINUSMA GHANENGCOY 2 for their kind gesture and assured them that it will be put to good use.

Indian DA calls on COMDT MATS

Indian DA presents a souvenir to the Commandant MATS21 January 2015.      The Indian Defence Advisor (DA), Naval Captain Gautam Marwaha has paid a courtesy call on the Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Rear Admiral Akoto Bonsu at his office on Wednesday, 21 January, 2015.

Rear Admiral Bonsu expressed gratitude for the call and said until last December the schools under MATS command was fourteen but was now eleven schools. The Jungle Warfare, Drill and Duties and the Army Combat Training Schools had been handed over to the newly established Army Training Command (ATRAC).

He noted that MATS command was looking forward to collaborate and share ideas with the Indian Training Command to identify certain areas of training for the personnel.

He noted that the training of instructors and students were very vital to MATS as well as the Officer Cadets.  He hoped there would be more exchange programmes in the area of training even though the Indian Armed Forces (IAF) has been doing so much for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). 

The Commandant also touched on the subject of courses for Instructors and hoped the IAF would create more opportunities for training to help and improve the training quality of personnel.  

Naval Capt Marwaha said the IAF had drawn a reciprocal programme for personnel in terms of training, visits and courses.  He said the IAF wished to deepen the already existing ties with GAF as a whole and discussions had been held with the Defence Minister, CDS and Service Chiefs   to see the way forward.

Training, Key to Success - Maj Gen Abdulai (rtd)

Maj Gen Abdulai inspects a Quarter Guard before the 1 Signal WASSA.16 January 2015.  The former Commandant of Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Maj Gen Amadu Kardo Abdulai has urged personnel of the 1 Signal Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces to remain resolute in safeguarding the peace, security and territorial integrity of Ghana.

Maj Gen Abdulai said all nations require peace and stability for sustained growth and national development. These he said are conditions that can only be met with a secure and safe environment, the preserve of the Armed Forces in collaboration with other security services.  He said this at the annual celebration of West Africa Soldiers Social Activities (WASSA) on Friday 16 January 2015.

Maj Gen Abdulai added that, sophisticated modern equipment will be useless without well trained personnel to man and operate them. “Training is bloodless war and war is bloody training” he emphasised.

The Director of Communications, Col Alobawone, asked for God’s protection for the Taskforce led by the Commanding officer, Signal Training School (STS) Lt Col Amisah Mensah currently serving with the United Nation Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).

Awards presented to hard working personnel.Col Alobawone congratulated all ranks for their performance and urged them to raise the standard higher this year. Present at the occasion were, Commander Support Service Brigade, Brig Gen Mussah Whajah, the Acting Commanding Officer of 1 Signal Regiment, Maj Godwin Azera, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) Mr Kofi Attoh, Senior Officers both serving and retired among many other dignitaries.

Awards were presented to the best department and other personnel who outstandingly performed their duties with diligence, competence and hard work.

Joint Military, Police Counter - Terrorism Training Commences

21 January 2015. A 3-month joint counter-terrorism collaboration training between the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service has commenced at Asutsuare in the Greater Accra Region.  It is aimed at building capacity of the participants to counter terrorism threats to the country.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan mentioned that it is essential for security institutions to periodically undertake capacity building measures, not only to posture themselves appropriately but also prepare for any emergencies and be prepared to counter any possible terrorist threats to the country, communities and individuals.  He added “in a global world, it is also important to appreciate the need to undertake this training in the face of terrorist attacks and threats to the security of nations worldwide, especially in Africa. Being prepared adequately against terrorist threats is a sure way of achieving success when faced with a crisis.”

The counter-terrorism training reinforces the military and police high commands determination to train and operate together in order to share and exchange skills and knowledge. It is aimed at improving physical fitness, developing teamwork attitude among participants, improving the intelligence management techniques of participants and developing the abilities of participants in the management of explosive ordnance devices, among others.

The training is expected to widen and deepen the knowledge of participants on some of the most relevant issues in today’s international environment, receiving a solid grounding pertaining to the consequences and responses to global and local terrorism. The ability therefore to be able to immediately apply the knowledge, skills and expertise obtained from this training should be paramount to all participants.

According to the Inspector General of Police, participants would be expected to use the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding about ways to counter possible terrorist threats/attacks. “It is professionally crucial to engage in such training, especially in these days of evolving dynamics in world politics, economics and social issues. It is only when we are in tune with the realities and adequately prepared that we can draw realistic and workable strategies to meet our challenges as the foundations of the national security apparatus” he noted.

The 3 month training is made up of 50 military and 70 police personnel. Present at the ceremony were COP Kudalor who represented the IGP, Brigadier General Sampson Kudjo Adeti, General Officer Commanding the Southern Command and very senior Military and Police officers.

Indian DA to Ghana calls on Defence Minister and Military High Command

20 January 2015. The Indian Defence Attaché (DA) to Ghana based in Nigeria, Naval Capt Guatam Marhwaha paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Defence, Hon Dr Kunbour in his office at the Ministry of defence complex, The Square on Tuesday 20 January, 2015.

The discussion centered on improving business activities of the Defence Industry and collaborations in order for both countries to learn from each other to help reduce dependence on central government.

Other issues discussed bothered on strengthening the training ties between both countries and for the Ghana Armed Forces to access a lot more training opportunities in India.

The Defence Minister expressed his gratitude to the India government for the support given to GAF and hoped that the historical ties would make Ghana-India relations stronger.

The India DA’s visit spanned four days from 19 to 22 January, 2014. The DA visited the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and Service Chiefs. The India DA emphasised on India Armed Forces readiness to support in the area of training courses for troops. This he noted will enable GAF to build a stronger force.

The CDS, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie laid more emphasis on the Defence Industry which was at its infantile state and called for more collaboration with the IAF which has advanced its Defence industry.

As part of his visit, Capt Marwaha called on the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Kofi Annan International Peace keeping Training Centre (KAITPC) and the Directorates of Defence Intelligence and Training.

At all the training schools and Directorates, the focus of discussion was on training courses for troops and instructors to enhance their skills.

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