Wednesday, October 22, 2014

“Training is Very Essential in the Ghana Armed Forces” – Rear Admiral Akoto-Bonsu

8 July 2014. The Commandant of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS),   Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto-Bonsu, has said that training is very essential in the Ghana Armed Forces for personnel to always be on top of their tasks.

He made this remark when he paid a one-day working visit to the Signal Training School (STS) in Burma Camp on 8 July, 2014.  The visit, his maiden one since becoming Commandant, afforded him the opportunity to interact with staff and management of the training school so as to have first hand knowledge of challenges facing the school.

Rear Admiral Akoto-Bonsu, in an interaction with personnel of the school, assured them of the military high command’s preparedness to assist them in resolving those challenges. He commended the staff of the school for their hard work and urged them to maintain high level of professionalism.

Maj Samuel Kwame Ofosu, the Commander Rear of STS, commended the Commandant for his visit.

Rear Admiral Akoto-Bonsu paid a similar visit to the Engineering Mechanical Equipment Technical Training School (EME), where he inspected the accommodation areas of students.

He was accompanied by Brig Gen Yeboah, Deputy MATS Commandant, Col Issahaku, Director of EME, Col Atogeba Alobawone, Director of Communication, Lt Col Francis Kwame Sasu, Commanding Officer EME, and some senior instructors of MATS. 

Navy Takes Over Presidential Guard Duties

7 July 2014. The Ghana Navy has taken over the ceremonial duties and other Security responsibilities of the Presidency at the Flagstaff House from the Ghana Army on Monday 7 July, 2014.

The Guard Changing is of relevance to the Armed Forces because it ensures unity in diversity, where all the three Arms of Service (Army, Navy, and Air Force) come together for a common purpose. It also instills strict discipline, an essential tool for national cohesion and development in the personnel.

In the Ghana Armed Forces, Guard Changing/Mounting is a daily occurrence in every unit. It is a process involving new guards taking over duties and responsibilities from old guards. This is an old tradition inherited from the British during the period of colonialism.

The guards remain a fully functional part of defence in ensuring alertness and readiness at all times, ensuring availability and serviceability of all equipment at all times, assessing the strength of the soldiers for duty, ensuring maximum security at the duty point, strengthening unity and esprit de corps among the troops, and constant fortification of the duty point.

Present at the ceremony were Vice President Kewsi Amisah-Arthur, the Chief of the Defense Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, the Inspector General of Police Service, Mohammed Alhassan, Service Chiefs, the Forces Sergeant Major and Service Sergeant Majors.

ACOTA Donates to Bundase Training Camp

4 July 2014. The Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei has, on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), received equipment and stores donated by the Africa Contingency and Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA), on Friday 4 July, 2014 at the Bundase Training Camp (BTC).

The items were barrel military radio for communication training, floatation vests for riverine operations training, and military tents for accommodating troops during pre-operational training.  The rest were printers, projectors, spare parts, flight suits, dust goggles, anti-riot body shields, and global positioning systems.

Receiving the items, Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei was full of praise to ACOTA for putting GAF on its list of beneficiaries.  ‘This sustained assistance is reassuring because we have a basis to  maintain our current high standard of training for peace support operation or even improve further upon the standard’ he said.

The gesture underlined ACOTA’s commitment to supporting GAF’s preparatory training for peace support operations. It would be recalled that ACOTA recently made a similar invaluable donation to the camp with items such as water tanker, ambulances, patrol vehicles, medical stores as well as office equipment including stationery.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the Regional Bilateral Affairs Officer, Maj Mark McEvers, disclosed that the United States would continue to have robust security cooperation with the GAF.  He said that the US was proud of Ghana, particularly its role in answering distress calls in times of anarchy, noting that the GAF served with distinction at all times.

Maj McEvers said that ACOTA was delighted to have handed over the equipment to enhance Ghana’s peacekeeping capacity and capability so that Ghana could fulfill its leadership role among peacekeeping forces.

He told the AFNews that it was the mission of ACOTA to enhance the capacity and capabilities of its African partner countries, regional institutions, and the continent’s peacekeeping resources as a whole so that they could plan for, train, deploy and sustain sufficient quantities of professionally competent peacekeepers to meet conflict transformation requirements with minimal non-African assistance.

Ghana, he emphasised, had chalked up many successes, as it maintained a good track record in her pursuance of global peace; hence it was only proper and customarily befitting to equip her pre-operational training camp.

Present to grace the occasion were Jerome Jackson, ACOTA Country Manager,   Brig Gen Kweku Asamoah Yeboah, Director General of International Peace Support Operations, Col Nicholas Kwame Kporku, Director Army Peacekeeping Operation, and Lt Col George Kwamena Tawiah Sam, Commanding Officer, Second Infantry Battalion.

Profile of Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi

3 July 2014.  Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi, appointed the Chief Military Observer and Head of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), was born on 10th March 1954 at Saviepe-Gborgame in the Volta Region, Ghana. He had his West African School Certificate (Ordinary Level) from the Kpedze Secondary School in 1972 and obtained his West African School Certificate (Advanced Level) at the Konongo Odumase Secondary School in 1974.

He was later enlisted into the Military Academy as an Officer Cadet and commissioned on 8 April 1978, as an Infantry Officer in 2 Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Army.

Maj Gen Sakyi has attended various specialised military and civil courses. Notable among the military courses are Military Law at the Ghana Armed Forces Legal Services in March 1980; Young Officers, Military Academy and Training Schools, Teshie; Public and Non-Public Funds, Forces pay Office, Burma Camp; Intelligence Staff Officers, India; Junior Division, Accra; Command And Staff College, Jaji-Kaduna, Nigeria; Company Commanders, Military Academy and Training Schools, Accra; Internal Defence and Development, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United states of America; Infantry Officers’ Advanced, Fort Benning, Georgia, United States of America; Senior Staff College, Ghana Armed Forces Staff College, Accra; Army High Command, Army Command College, Nanjing, China; and Economic of West African States Senior Mission Leadership, Nigeria in February 2012.

For civil courses, General Sakyi attended Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, where he obtained Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA), from August 2004 to July 2007.

He has held 31 professional appointments, both National and International. These include; Staff Officer, United Nations Operation in Cote D’Ivoire; Deputy Director General, International Peace Support Operation, General Headquarters;  Commander, Army Combat Training School, Teshie, Accra; Assistant  Commandant, Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College; and Force Commander, United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan.

Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi is married with children.

Security Services and others in 'Exercise Friends in a Rescue Mission'

1 July 2014. Security Services in the Tema general area, together with some civil organisations, have embarked on a day's joint exercise on the top of the historic Yilo Krobo Mountain.

The event, codenamed 'Exercise Friends in a Rescue Mission', formed part of activities organised by the security services and corporate bodies to mark the celebration of Ghana's 54th Republican Day on Tuesday, 1 July, 2014.  It was aimed at deepening relations between the soldiers and the civilian populace.

The exercise began from the Tema Motorway Roundabout where all participating organisations converged and conveyed to the Yilo Krobo Mountain site. At the mountain side, participants were led in small groups, as they ascended the rocky, long and winding slope to the peak of the mountain.

The walk was characterised by activities such as demonstration on search and rescue operation on the mountain top, stripping and assembling of AK-47 assault rifle competition among the Security Services, Tae Kwan Do demonstration, and aerobics by Geodans Fitness Club.

The participants were also treated to sensational music and live performance by highlife artiste and dancer, Slim Buster, at the mountain's camping ground.

The walk was keenly participated in by personnel of the Eastern Naval Command, 1 Battalion of Infantry, 64 Infantry Regiment, the GNFS, Customs Division, and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority. Other participating groups were the Korean Residents Association of Ghana, Geodan Fitness Club and the Ghana Tae Kwan Do national team. Participating teams were awarded with certificates of participation.

The Krobo Mountains (about 2000ft) is located off the Accra-Akosombo and Somanya-Akuse junction. It was the original home of the Krobo people. Some traditional structures depicting Krobo culture still exist there.

The exercise was sponsored by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Everpure Purified Drinking Water and Korean Residents’ Association of Ghana. 

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