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Watch the live video of Lt Gen Abdul Rahman B Danbazau (Dr)

Watch the live video of Lt Gen Abdul Rahman B Danbazau (Dr), Minister of Interior for the Federal Republic of Nigeria as he delivers a lecture on “Terrorism As An Emerging Security Issue In Africa: Perspective, Challenges And The Way Forward” at GAFCSC (Audithorium) at 1500hrs.
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Terrorism is to Africa’s Economic Growth and Stability - Lt Gen Dambazau (rtd)

22 March 2016. The Minister of Interior for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lt Gen AbdulRahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), has expressed worry about the numerous terrorist threats Africa is experiencing within and outside the continent.

He stated that Africa’s challenges in countering terrorism are as a result of the of the following; porous  and extensive borders, ecological challenges, corruption and poor governance, poor intelligence network, population growth and youth prominence, unemployment , poverty, sectarian conflicts, terror financing  and political instability.

He made these statements when he delivered a lecture on the topic “Terrorism as an Emerging Security Issue in Africa - Perspectives, Challenges and Way Forward” to students of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) at Teshie, Accra on Thursday 22 March, 2016 as part of the College’s semester lectures.

Lt Gen Dambazau (rtd) described his lecture to be a course to argue on the emerging security dilemma of terrorism in Africa, its challenges and way forward for enhancing regional security.

The Interior Minister for Nigeria noted that terrorism causes loss of life and destruction of facilities, public panic, misunderstanding and fear in people; thus limiting and preventing movements thereby affecting daily business activities and national productivity. “Every government office, local authority and organisation was exposed to threats of terrorist attack. They have become globally mobile and search for vulnerable targets across the globe,” he added.

He cited some of the terrorists groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda, Al Quaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQUIM) in Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Sudan, Eriterian Islamic Jihad Movement (EJIM) in South of Ethiopia, Al-Itti-Haad-Al-Islamic (AIAI) in Senegal, Morrocco and part of Eastern Africa, Al-Shabab in Somalia, the Islamic States in Syria and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL).

According to him nations around the globe especially Africa through the United Nations instrumentality on counter-terrorism seek to synergise their efforts at effectively developing legal architecture through robust law enforcement, internal security, judicial capabilities and counter radicalization programmes in order to counter terrorism.

The Interior Minister stressed that Africa can be terror free if nations implement poverty reduction strategies, strengthen border management, promote virile national intelligence community and provide  adequate infrastructure and equipment.

Adopt Key Resolutions to Deal With Insecurities in the Gulf Of Guinea - Defence Minister

16 March 2016. The Minister for Defence, Hon Benjamin Kunbour has called for the adoption of key United Nations Resolutions to deal with insecurities in the Gulf of Guinea. He made the comments on behalf of the Vice President, HE Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur at the launch of a book entitled “Maritime Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea Prospects and Challenges at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College on Thursday 16 March, 2016.

He further stated that the book has been introduced at a time when advancement in technology has made it feasible for nations to tap ocean resources to fuel economic growth. He added that the search   for food and security, alternative sources of minerals and energy has increased the importance of the sea which he said has been at the heart of global developmental agenda.

He praised the author, Cdr (Dr) Kamal-Deen Ali blending his professional and academic expertise (law, international relations and security studies) in his book and provided recommendations that would provide effective maritime governance and for spelling out roles of key international actors in evolving partnerships in ocean governance on the Gulf of Guinea.

He recommended the book to policy makers within the range of government, the diplomatic community, researchers, legal practitioners, civil society organisations and students. He further urged that institutions enroll in the Centre for Maritime Law and Security (CEMLAWS) to enrich the capacity of their officers in Law of the sea and ocean governance especially maritime security.

The Commandant of GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Issah Sakib Kadiri congratulated the author for his good work and praised him for the number of publications, policy papers and book chapters he had written. He further described his research works as practical and a problem solving.

AVM Issah Sakib Kadiri was optimistic that the college through its academic and training programmes would churn out both military and civilian researchers with similar works would produce solutions that are applicable to national, regional and global development and security threats. 

The author of the book who is also the Director of Research at GAFCSC said many factors influenced his works. He explained that providing security and defence research works require much effort. His book gives deeper understanding of strategic goal for the legal, security and various dimensions in this sect.

He expressed his gratitude to Reviewers, the Planning Committee for the book launch, High Command CDS and CNS, Sponsors and his wife for their support in writing and publishing of the book. He dedicated the book to his children.

Dignitaries present at occasion were the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Dzifa Gomashie, and Minister for Chieftaincy and Culture, Dr Seidu Danaa, Chairperson for the Parliamentary  Select Committee on Defence &Security, Hon Fritz Baffour, Presidential Staffer, Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Mr Magnus Addico as the Chairman of occasion, Parliamentarians, Formation Commanders, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Academicians, Legal Practitioners, the Ameer of the TI Ahmadiyya, Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, senior  officers of Security Services, students of  GAFCSC and family and friends.

Lebanese Community Awards Fourteen Dependants of Martyrs of GAF

15 March 2016. The Lebanese Community in Ghana has presented scholarship awards to fourteen dependents of the martyrs of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Tuesday 15 March, 2016 at Burma Hall.

The purpose of the presentation was to eulogise their fallen heroes and heroines who offered themselves willingly to the service of mankind.

In his speech, the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana HE Ali Halabi said even though the Martyrs were no more, their willingness to sacrifice had earned them their lasting gratitude. “It is for this reason that the Lebanese community decided to honour their memories by giving scholarships to the wards of these martyrs,” he stressed.

He pointed out that the presence of the Lebanese community in Ghana dated back to a century ago and they have had the opportunity to witness Ghana’s journey to independence, the creation of her institutions, the various power transitions among others.

He emphasised that Ghana had not been selfish, adding that even in war torn areas Ghanaian soldiers could be found breaking sweat and even losing their lives or remained forever maimed in their quest to maintain order.

He thanked the High Command for their support and to the beneficiaries; he noted that the award would go a long way to reduce their financial burdens. He advised them to note that, it was through the hard work of their parents that they had merited the scholarship, therefore they should work hard to make them proud wherever they may be.

On his part, the CDS Air Marshal Michael Sampson-Oje noted that as an Armed Force, they were encouraged by the gesture from the Lebanese Community in Ghana. He said, to them, it meant that whenever duty called, they had to put their heart into executing every task, knowing that should they die in the line of a duty, there are good people who would support their families and dependents to ensure they are well catered for.

He stated that Lebanon and Ghana have had a long lasting relationship adding that Ghana was a host to a large Lebanese community. He said GAF also played a major role in helping bring peace and stability to Lebanon.

The CDS named Lt Gen Erskine as the first Force Commander to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), adding that a large number of Ghanaian troops had served and still serving in Lebanon as part of the UN Forces.

Air Marshal Sampson-Oje said Lebanon had provided diverse assistance to Ghana. He said the support of the Lebanese community towards education in Ghana was very laudable especially to the law faculty of the University of Ghana and the dependents and families of martyrs.

He stated that it was interesting to note that the Lebanese community does not only support dependents and families of GAF but extended such support to beneficiaries from the Police, Immigration and the Prisons Services and this had helped to strengthen the security in the country.

He urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the scholarships so that their effort in providing them with the scheme would not be wasted.

The beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme are studying in various tertiary institutions in the country and the Lebanese community has awarded over 150 scholarships to bright students in Universities across the country over the past years.

Present at the ceremony were the Minister of Defence Hon Dr Benjamin Kumbour, the Chief of Staff (COS) Brig Gen Sampson K Adeti, the Service Chiefs, Director Generals and some Senior Officers.

Ghanbatt 82 Marks Independence Day with Flag Raising

6 March 2016. The 82nd Ghanaian Battalion serving in UNIFIL joined Ghanaians all over the globe to mark Ghana’s 59th Independence Anniversary with a Flag Raising Ceremony at the Battalion Headquarters, Al-Qawzah, South Lebanon on Sunday, 6 March 2016.

The Ceremony was marked by the hoisting of the Ghana National Flag accompanied by singing of the National Anthem and sounding of trumpet to symbolize the sweat and toil for the attainment of the Independence. Prayers were also offered to the departed forefathers who by dint of hard work and struggles, Ghana obtained freedom from the colonial masters.

The Contingent Commander, Col Michael Amoah Ayisi who was the Guest of Honour was accompanied by the Commanding Officer, Lt Col OJ Ampadu for the flag raising. Col Amoah Ayisi in his remarks praised the Ghanaian Contingent for joining the rest of their compatriots in reaffirming their commitment to uphold the dearly held stopcocks of democracy, freedom and respect for human right.

Col Amoah Ayisi urged his Ghanaian compatriots to use the day to rededicate themselves to work in unity toward the rebranding of Ghana, free from poverty, corruption, oppression and ignorance. These he said were the same ideas for which our forebears lived, sacrificed and offered their lives. He added that personnel must emulate same example and lift the image of Ghana high.

He added that, for this reason, it was important for all to contribute their quota to the achievement of strengthening the democratic principles of Ghana. 
On parade to mark the day was a Contingent of 33 personnel under the Command of Capt Oscar Daniel Opoku with Lt Gideon Ampoma carrying the colour with Warrant Officer Class II Owusu Ansah as the Contingent Sergeant Major.  The ceremony was attended by Senior Officers from UNIFIL headquarters, Ghanaians and friends from other African countries and some locals.

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