Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ghanaian Soldiers Donate to Orphans in DR Congo

22 May 2014. The Ghanaian Contingent deployed with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo-MONUSCO Ghanbatt 9 has donated educational materials, mattresses, clothes, foot wear, cooking utensils, buckets, basins, footballs,  jerseys, toiletries and assorted food items worth thousands of US Dollars to the Foyer Pere Frank and Foyer Pere Gerald orphanages located in Kinshasa.

The children of these orphanages were served with drinks, savouries as well as rice with chicken stew.  The Unit’s band – “C’est Tout Band”, also entertained the children with an array of Ghanaian melodies, which both the children and soldiers danced to.

As part of the programme, a cross section of the children engaged in a “musical chairs” competition and the contestants were awarded prizes including school bags, wrist watches and drinks, donated by Mr Ben Afrifa, a Ghanaian working with Bralima Brewery in Congo.  Some of the children were provided with medical and dental care.

Making the donation on behalf of the Battalion at its Headquarters, the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Fred Ntiri, said that it was the Unit’s little contribution to improving conditions of the orphans in the hope that they would grow into useful adults to contribute to the peace and development of their country.

He appealed to all and sundry to join in protecting women and children against violence. “These categories of people who find themselves in war-torn countries are very vulnerable thus, the need for the assistance of the privileged in society to better their lots”, he added.

Patrons of the two orphanages were thankful to the Ghanaian peacekeepers for their kind gesture.  So were the children who expressed their excitement and appealed for another opportunity of this nature to have fun.

Present at the programme were the Western Brigade and Ghanaian Contingent Commander, Brigadier General Kwankye, some members of the UN International Staff, Ghanaian UN Staff, locals as well as some Ghanaians living in Kinshasa who worship with the Ghanaian contingent at their headquarters.

The funds for the donation were raised through a day born collection during the Unit’s Religious Parade on the day the UN officially presented its medal to the Ghanaian Soldiers on 22 May, 2014.

Conflict and Crisis Management Course 14 Commenced at GAFCSC

20 May 2014. Conflict and Crisis Management Course 14 has officially commenced at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) on Tuesday 20 May, 2014.

The aim of the Course is to provide participants with in-depth understanding of conflict and internal crises management in order for them to work more effectively, efficiently and cohesively.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Commandant of GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshall Issifu Sakib Kadri who was the Guest of Honour, urged participants of the course to carefully appreciate each other’s roles and responsibilities in order to advise their superiors on more appropriate policy frameworks that they would get acquainted with.

He added that they should be prepared to accommodate and manage change effectively, particularly in this globalised world.

He said in today’s world, Security spending remains a serious challenge to all countries considering the increasing complexity and cost of meeting the diverse need of all people  compounded by the difficulty and the inability to meet all contingencies particularly during disasters.

AVM Kadri said he was hopeful that the participants will all come out of the course well-informed and better equipped to understand conflict and crisis issues and contribute meaningfully towards the management of Conflict and crisis in various countries.

He therefore called for the collective support of all the participants in order to attain the desired course objective.

Participants were drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces, Bureau of National Investigation, Narcotic Control Board, National Disaster Management Organisation, Ministry of local Government and Rural Development, Ghana Health Service, National Security Secretariat, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and some Senior Officers from sister African countries.

3 Garrison Commander Holds Maiden Durbar

19 May 2014. Lt Col Edward Awaribey, 3 Garrison Commander and also Commanding Officer (CO) 3 Infantry Battalion has held his maiden durbar with all ranks of the Garrison at the Garrison Chapel on Monday 19 May 2014.

The Garrison Commander in his opening remarks, said he was going to run an opened door policy; without discriminations.  He encouraged all under command to put their shoulders to the wheel and work hard for the success of the Garrison.

Lt Col E Awaribey urged all troops to take training very seriously since continuous training enhances the individual’s performance and progression in the Ghana Armed Forces. He entreated all Company Commanders to intensify training in their various Companies. He expressed displeasure at the immediate past Basic Fitness Test (BFT) results which he said was not encouraging. He counselled troops to keep fit because fitness was an individual’s responsibility.

On career courses, the Garrison Commander advised all ranks to be serious with their courses. He added that promotion was not only based on years of service, but completion of career courses, recommendations and good behaviour. He advised all ranks to document their spouses, children and also update their relevant documents.


Troops were also admonished not to engage in illegal operations but rather be alert and security conscious in the performance of their duties. The Commanding Officer entreated troops to maintain high sense of discipline which he said was the bedrock of the Ghana Armed Forces.

Major General Adu-Amanfo (rtd) Launches Book

16 May 2014. The book, ‘’The Roles of Peace and Security, Political Leadership, and Entrepreneurship in the Socio-Economic Development of Emerging Countries: A Compendium of Lessons Learnt from Sub-Saharan Africa’’ has been launched at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Teshie on Friday, 16 May, 2014.

The dearth of writing by officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) is a source of worry to many researchers. Incidentally, the few that come out are outstanding. Ambassador Major General Francis Adu-Amanfo (rtd) was the author of the book launched which was published in the United Kingdom (UK), 2014, with two hundred and fifty three (253) pages and eleven (11) chapters.

A spicy foreword by his Excellency (HE) President John Agyekum Kuffour, former President of Ghana who was also the chairman for the occasion was enough to whet the appetite of any reader. To quote him, “Gen Adu-Amanfo brings  to bear on his well-researched book, his acquired knowledge and proficiency over the years as a global peace and security expert, military intelligence strategist, diplomat and corporate executive.’’

The author‘s ability to locate the organic link between peace and security; leadership, and entrepreneurship in the weaving of the canvass for socio-economic development is a master-craft that is often encountered in serious academic discourses.  The ability of many governments to discover this link is the bane and explains the kind of warped development that most Third World countries go through. It also explains why many nations have slipped into instability and economic non-performance.

The book was reviewed by Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso who described the book to be scholarly, in terms of style and format, and pragmatic in its references to reality and the remedies proffered.

Dr Antwi-Danso noted that the author also left no key terminology or concept unexplained.  Key concepts like security, conflict, terrorism, and politics were all given frame works within which the author proceeded analyzing.

“New in its appeal is the blend of security, leadership and entrepreneurship in molding the canvass for socio- economic development”, he added.

Gen Adu- Amanfo never limited himself to the known barriers in Political Science; he was bold to chart new frontiers, armed with his own experience and analytics. The General makes things easier through the ‘preface’, where chapter summaries were given. The book has a meticulous arrangement, one chapter leading to the other in an organic assembly of facts and analysis. After the review Dr Antwi- Danso said the book is a must-read for all students of International Politics, Political Economy, Business and especially politicians.

In his remarks and acknowledgements, Ambassador  Major General Francis Adu-Amanfoh (rtd), said the main theme of the book was that the existence of peace and security, which provide a stable environment in any country for other things to occur; effective political leadership which derives the attainment of the national vision; and well-strategised entrepreneurship, which leads to industrialization, when put together, constitute the engine that could propel rapid socio-economic growth and development of emerging  countries.  The book focuses on the emerging world but profusely cites examples from countries of sub-Saharan Africa, often considered a world of despair.

Maj Gen Adu-Amanfo thanked the Almighty God for bringing him this far and all who contributed to the success of the book.

Present at the book launch were former President of Ghana, HE Dr John Agyekum Kuffour, the Commandant, (KAIPTC), Brig Gen Obed Akwa, former Minister for Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith, representatives of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Parliamentarians, retired and serving Senior Officers and Officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

COS of ECOWAS Standby Force urges all to help in Malaria Elimination

16 May 2014. The Chief of Staff for ECOWAS Standby Force Maj Gen Hassan Lai has urged everyone to join hands in curbing the malaria menace permanently from Africa to make it a better place to live.

Giving his closing remarks at the weeklong programme for the malaria elimination campaign held at Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Center (KAIPTC) on 16 May, 2014, Maj Gen Lai thanked the military for their commitment to the society.

He was optimistic that, with the help of the military they can achieve the goal of eradicating malaria from the African soil.

Maj Gen Lai further thanked Cuban and Venezuelan representatives for their sponsorship both technically and financially.

The Director of Africa and Regional Integration Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Kodzo Alabo who doubled as the Chairman for the occasion officially brought the programme to a close believing that the introduction of the biolarvicides malaria parasite will be a thing of the past by the year 2020.

Dr Alabo reiterated the need to keep our surroundings clean since mosquitoes breed in unclean environment (i.e. stagnant water and weedy environment) with malaria parasite as the end result.

He petitioned members from the 15 ECOWAS States to convey what they have learnt back to their home countries.  With this, Dr Alabo noted, Africa will be devoid of malaria and other diseases to show our readiness to the rest of the world that Africa is capable.

The grand launching of the campaign in conjunction with the various environmental ministries is scheduled for 28 May 2014 at Aflao with all the 15 member states expected to take part.

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