Monday, May 2, 2016

Lebanese Ambassador Calls on CDS

3 March 2016. The Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana HE Ali Halabi has called on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje at his office on Thursday 3 March, 2016.

In brief remarks, HE Ali Halabi noted that his visit was not only official but a sentimental one between the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Lebanon. He stated that there was a special relationship between Ghana and Lebanon and that his visit reminded him of the soldiers who have died on peacekeeping operations in their bid to defend the sovereignty and peace in Lebanon.

He said the Lebanese government was also prepared to build a strong relationship with the GAF. He stated that in order to show appreciation and give tribute to the martyrs who died on the Lebanese soil and other peacekeeping missions, they had renewed the educational scholarship programme to children of those Martyrs.

He said Ghana continued to play a very important role in Lebanon as far as peacekeeping was concerned and that must be saluted.

In his response, the CDS welcomed the Ambassador and stated that he had been following the relationship between Ghana and Lebanon and lauded the support that the GAF and the country as a whole continued to receive from the Lebanese government.

The CDS took the opportunity to request from the Ambassador the permission to repaint the monument to give it a face-lift.

He thanked the Lebanese government for the scholarship programme for the fourteen soldiers who have lost their lives on a peacekeeping mission and looked forward to a better relationship and that the existing bond between them would continue to grow stronger.

68 Anniversary of the 28 February Christianborg Crossroad Shooting Incident Marked

28 February 2016. A colourful parade was organised in Accra at the Cenotaph (Nationalism Park), Osu to commemorate the 68 Anniversary of the 28 February Christianborg Crossroads Shooting Incident on Sunday 28 Feb February, 2016.

The 28 February shooting incident is celebrated annually to honour the defenceless Ex Servicemen who were killed in 1948 by the colonial police during a  peaceful march to the Osu Castle to present a petition on the payment of their gratuities to the then Governor Sir Gerald Creasy after their participation in the second World War.

The three Ex Servicemen Sgt Adjetey, Cpl Attipoe and Pte Odartey Lamptey were fired by Mr Imray the British Superintendant for failing to adhere to his orders to disperse. The sudden news about the death of the three Ex Servicemen led to the national agitation for independence.

The parade was commanded by Lt Cdr Isaac Mahama Abu, the parade adjutant was Flying Officer M Mohammed and RSM was CPO I Sittie Sebastian. On the parade were the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, the Veterans Contingent and also in attendance was the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Central Band.

The ceremony begun with the reading of the history of the Saturday 28 February Christianborg Crossroad Shooting, VAG Roll Call, Flag Raising, Sounding of the Last Post, observance of one minute silence, Reveille and ended with the laying of wreath.

The reviewing officer H E Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur laid a wreath on behalf of government and the people of Ghana, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) laid a wreath on behalf of the CDS Air Marshal Samson- Oje for GAF and other Security Services.

Also, Chairman of the Veterans Association Ghana (VAG) Cdre Steve Obimbeh laid a wreath on behalf of the Veterans, the Osu Mantse Nii Okoi Kinka Dowoona VI on behalf of traditional authorities and a representative from Pte Odartey’s family accompanied by Kinsmen of Sgt Adjetey and Cpl Attipoe laid a wreath on behalf all fallen soldiers.

Present at the ceremony were the Minister for Interior Mr Mark Owen Woyongo, Minister for Defence Mr Benjamin Kumbuor, Chief of Staff (COS) at the General Headquarters Brig Gen Sampson K Adeti, IGP Mr Prosper Kudalor, Senior and Junior Officers from GAF and other Security Services, Traditional Authorities and Students.


Troops from UNMIL GHANBATT 21 debus safely at 5 Bn Square, Burma Camp.26 February 2016. The Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the Army Headquarters Brig Gen Abu Alhassan has commended personnel of UNMIL GHANBATT 21 for the high sense of professionalism exhibited during their duty tour in Liberia.

He made this remark during the mission’s accomplishment parade for UNMIL GHANBATT 21 at the 5 Battalion of Infantry Square on Friday, 26 February 2016.

He said the Military High Command, for the past 13 months has followed with keen interest and acknowledged the high operational performance in the mission area.

Brig Gen Abu Alhassan noted that, the military High Command was aware of the extensive operations the battalion had to conduct in an extended Area of Operational Responsibility (AOR) and also the harsh wet weather conditions in which they operated.

CSO of Army, Brig Gen Abu Alhassan welcoming troops from UNMIL GHANBATT 21 He added that the GHANBATT’s support to the security services in Liberia especially in sharpening their skills through joint patrols and other security related task had deepened the cordial relationship between Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Liberia.

He reminded troops of the upcoming elections and cautioned that they avoid getting involved in political activities, adding that, the duty of GAF was to assist the civil police when called upon to ensure free and fair elections.

He urged all to bring to bear the rich experience they acquired during their tour of duty and to continue to demonstrate a high sense of professionalism, loyalty and discipline in all levels in performing of all duties.

Present at the occasion were deputy DAPKOP Lt Col Badasu and other officers.

Army Officers Holds End of Year Dinner

26 February 2016. The Chairman of the Armed Forces Council and Vice President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur has lauded efforts contributed by officers to the development of our dear nation Ghana.

"Officers remained focused and dedicated to call of duty regardless of obstacles on their path and rendered selfless services to secure the country," he stated.

The year 2015, he said was a challenging one. The nation experienced lots of strike actions from various labour unions especially those from the health sector, the outbreak of diseases, disasters among others but despite these challenges officers of the 37 Military hospital and staff worked assiduously to ensure official healthcare was delivered to the people of Ghana.

This was contained in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister for Defence Mr Kenneth Adjei at the Army Officers End of Year Dinner Dance on 26 February, 2016 at the Army Officers Mess 37, Accra.

Government, he elaborated, was aware of the lack of accommodation in the Ghana Armed Forces due to increament in population of personnel. Plans he noted were underway to solve the problem.

He urged them to keep up with their good work and wished them a prosperous year.

The end of year dinner dance is organised by the Army officers Mess to mark the end of year and create a platform for them to socialise, release stress after a yearlong work, interact, wine and dine with their families, friends and loved ones.

Some dignitaries present at the occasion included the Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei, and the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Rear Admiral Peter Faidoo, Chief of Air Staff(CAS) Air Vice Marshal Maxwell Mantsebi Nagai, Formation Commanders and Directors General.

Chief of Staff Meets ECOWAS Media Network

26 February 2016. Members of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Media Network have met with the Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier General Sampson Kujo Adeti at his office on Friday 26 February, 2016. The group consists of twenty Journalists from nine media houses.

The meeting was to formally inform the High Command of their existence and willingness to collaborate with Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and also to create the awareness of the need for total movement and development within the sub-region.

The President of the Ghana chapter, Mrs Hannah Awadzi thanked the COS for receiving them into their outfit. She said the group thought it best to have an interaction with the High Command to see how best they could collaborate and participate in the activities of the GAF. She noted that it would serve as a capacity building and they look forward to fruitful future collaborations.

In his remarks, Brig Gen Adeti noted that the ideals of their visit were very noble. Adding that, it was the first time he was hearing of the existence of such a structure. He expressed High Command’s gratitude to them for the support they receive from the media as a whole.

He recalled some media personnel who have had the opportunity to travel with the GAF on different operations in order to get first-hand information and also come to terms with the challenges the GAF was faced with.

Brig Gen Adeti lamented on some of the negative perceptions that the public and the media had about the GAF, but he was hopeful that the network would help project the image of the GAF, thereby, reducing such negative perception if not eliminated. He was with the conviction that lots of people would support the network to enable them achieve their objectives.

He lauded the group for trying to bring to the fore the difficulty and trauma that persons have had to go through as far as movement within the sub-region was concerned. He said the frontiers were very safe due to the system of check points or security posts that had made way for the imaginary fence of the borders.

Elaborating on the management of internal security, the COS said the GAF works in partnership with the police in ensuring security in the country. He stated that special operations had been designed and sub- committees formed to combat crime, especially being an election year. The COS requested the group to give and allow more space and time as far as the activities of the GAF were concerned.

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