Friday, November 28, 2014

Barclays Adopts Recreational Park

15 October 2014. Barclays Bank has adopted the recreational park at the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Wednesday, 15 October, 2014.

Presenting the side plan of the park, the Area Manager, Accra South Central, Barclays Bank,     Mr Evans Quaidoo Godrey said Barclays bank had a good relationship with the military and they deemed it right to adopt the park as a way of support.

He stated that staff of the bank went through leadership training at the Jungle Warfare School in Achiase which went a long way to shape the leadership skills of the staff thus building a stronger relationship between them and the military.

Mr Godrey also mentioned that adopting the park was a great honour to the bank and the staff would help physically in all the renovations and other works that the park would need.

He said they were looking forward to adopt the park for as many years to come in order to deepen the relationship that existed between the two entities.  

Receiving the plan on behalf of the Military High Command and the Commandant MATS, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie expressed profound gratitude to Barclays bank for the warm gesture.

He said anything given to the military was always put into good use because it was a focused institution.  He also noted that the military was a patriotic institution which exists to serve the nation Ghana and defend it all times.

The CDS seized the opportunity to urge other institutions to emulate the kind gesture of Barclays bank since the military was an expensive institution and needed all the support that would be offered.

Chinese Ambassador visits COAS

13 October 2014. The new Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Sun BaoHong, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Major General Opoku-Adusei, in his office on 13 October, 2014, at Burma Camp Accra.

The visit was to get her acquainted with the High Command of the Ghana Army and to strengthen the over six years' relationship between her country and the Ghana Armed Forces. The opportunity was used to discuss issues of bilateral importance. 

Ambassador BaoHong, accompanied by the Political Director of the Embassy, Mr Yu Jie, and Jin Li said that she wished Chinese industries and companies could be allowed to make more contributions to the Ghana Armed Forces industries and projects for their mutual benefits. 

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei reiterated the various forms of assistance the Ghana Armed forces had and continued to receive from the Chinese Government, with the recent one being a workshop established by PTI Motors, a Chinese company based in the country.

PTI Motors was to service and manufacture Ghana Armed Forces’ vehicles to meet its specifications as well as train military mechanics on how to use the equipment. Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei noted that the arrangement would lead to general improvement in the status of equipment in the Ghana Armed Forces.

He also said the Ghana Armed Forces had started a shoe factory and there were plans to go into the production of garments, adding that there were other projects that the Chinese industrial companies could lend their support to the Ministry of Defence for the good of both countries.  

Ambassador BaoHong commended the Ghana Armed Forces for their cooperation.  She assured Ghana of a smooth relationship with China.

TIGO Presents Items to GMA

13 October 2014. Tigo Ghana has presented a number of items and a cheque of Gh¢10,000 to the graduating officer cadets of the Ghana Military Academy at the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Monday, 13 October, 2014.

The items which amounted to GH¢19,500 included smart phones and a-one-year connected internet modems.

Presenting the items on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tigo, Mr Roshi Motman, Mr Jesse Agyepong said Tigo wanted to establish a deeper relationship with the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) as a whole.

He stated that officers from GMA contacted Tigo for support in the upcoming graduation of the officer cadets and the company was willing to give all the support they needed.

Further, Mr Agyepong said the gesture was to make communication easier for the graduating officer cadets and reward them for the tideous training they had gone through for the past months.

He also noted that the gesture would make the relationship stronger and beneficial to both entities, adding that Tigo was ready to support at all times.

Receiving the items and the cheque on behalf of the Military High Command, Commandant MATS and Commander GMA, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie expressed his deepest appreciation to Tigo for such a wonderful gesture.

He said GAF really appreciated the support and hoped more of such would follow. He also noted that GAF was really particular about corporate relationships with other institutions and was working assiduously to deepen such ties.

He seized the opportunity to appeal for more support from Tigo and said the doors of GAF were always opened. He also hoped such gestures would deepen the civil-military relationship and urged all oraganisations to emulate the gesture of Tigo.

Present were the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral GM Biekro, Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Samson-Oje , Commandant, MATS, Rear Admiral EA Bonsu, Deputy Commandant, MATS, Brig Gen EMK Yeboah, Commander GMA, Brig Gen M Akpastu, senior officers and senior officials from Tigo.

Brig Gen Adeti Pays Working Visit to Alavanyo


13 October 2014. The General Officer Commanding Southern Command, Brig Gen Sampson Kudjo Adeti, has paid a working visit to troops and people of Alavanyo.  His visit was occasioned when a soldier on internal operations at Alavanyo was shot by unknown assailants on 9 October 2014. He was accompanied by the Commander Rear of the 66 Artillery Regiment, Maj Emmanuel Sampson.

Brig Gen Adeti was briefed by WOII Awusavi Joseph, the In-Charge of troops at Alavanyo, on the incident and shown him sights of the shooting. In a meeting with the soldiers, the GOC commended the high spirit the soldiers continue to show towards their assigned task despite the attack on their colleague.

He noted that soldiers are at greater risks protecting people and properties and entreated them to ensure force protection, remain alert and vigilant at all times. The GOC assured the troops that measures were being put in place to find the culprits and bring them to book.

“One accident is too much… aiming and shooting at a soldier who is ensuring the safety of people in a community? It should not happen again. Soldiers have right to live as any human being. This should be the last,” Brig Gen Adeti cautioned.

The General Officer Commanding Southern Command also took the opportunity to call on teachers and students of the Alavanyo Secondary School. He urged them to report anyone who is a threat and undermines the peace of the community. He stressed on the need for them to live in a peaceful and serene atmosphere and be ambassadors of peace to their respective families.

Brig Gen Adeti later called on the Chiefs of Alavanyo and Nkonya and had brief discussions with them. He later visited the victim at the Ho Regional Hospital where he was responding to treatment.

US Defence Attaché Calls On MATS Commandant

7 October 2014. The United States Defence Attaché to Ghana, Lt Col Keith Blakely called on the Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto Bonsu at his office on Tuesday, 7 October, 2014.

Rear Admiral Bonsu expressed gratitude for the warm gesture and said the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) had a tri-service training commands and MATS command was one of them.

He noted that MATS command trains a lot of soldiers and almost every soldier passed through there. The command is made up of 14 schools and irrespective of your rank one had to pass through for one course or the other.

The Commandant also expressed concern about MATS infrastructure, logistics and other materials for training the officer cadets. He noted that when learning and training equipment were available, they would aid the cadets to learn faster, remain focused and come out as best officers.

Lt Col Blakely also expressed gratitude to the Commandant for taking time off his busy schedule for the discussion. He said the relations between the US and Ghana was very important and he would use his office to help the GAF as much as possible.

They seized the opportunity to discuss issues on training, technological needs for the command, among other things.

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