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US - Ghana Public Affairs Workshop on Social Media Held at Burma Camp

21 January 2016. The US Navy has held a two-day Public Relations workshop on social media with the Ghana Armed Forces Public Relations Directorate on the use of social media, its importance and effectiveness in bridging communication gap between the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the citizenry. The workshop was held on Thursday, 21 January 2016 at Burma Camp.

According to the US Navy Public Affairs Representative Lieutenant Cole, this was necessary especially for a major security institution like the GAF and at a time when some media outlets give inaccurate fact due to lack of information.

Speaking at the program, Lieutenant Cole said the US Navy Public Affairs department has made whatsapp, facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms a major media of communication as it saves time and it is more efficient. This he said has also made it easy for civilians to understand and appreciate the work of the navy.

Some participants raised concerns about hackers who may easily infiltrate these social media platforms when created. However, an IT specialist with the US Embassy in Accra, Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng said the use of social media is a way of advertising the GAF and creating awareness about its operations and event. He said any inaccurate reports from the civil media could cast a slur on the hard earned image of the GAF. He added that due to the speed at which ICT is growing, social media is the fastest way of reaching out to the masses with information giving an assurance that he was willing to help to create these social media platforms for the GAF.

The Deputy Director Information and Press Relations at the Directorate of Public Relations of GAF, Lieutenant Commander Michael Addo Larbi  explained how the directorate operates currently without the social media platforms. He said the Directorate would consider the ideas and work towards them.

As part of the visit, the US Navy would have a joint African Marine Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) training, with the Ghana Navy in Takoradi. This is to strengthen the capacity of the Navy personnel to deal with any threats on Ghana's territorial waters.

Brigadier General Musah Whajah Takes Over Command

20 January 2016. The end of an activity is also the beginning of another, even in the traditional family set up, we have hereditary or inheritance system which allows someone to succeed the other in case of death or any misfortune and the Armed Forces is no exception. There is always handing and taking over of command and responsibilities from one commander to another when the former’s tenure of office is ended. The importance of this event is to maintain continuity.

It is in this light that on Wednesday, 20 January 2016, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the headquarters Southern Command Brig Gen Sampson Adeti handed over command to Brig Gen Musah Whajah at the headquarters Southern Command, Kpeshie district.

The handing over ceremony commenced with a guard of honour parade, followed with a reconciliation conference, where both commanders appended their signatures to the handing over documents.

In a religious church service parade which was also part of the handing over ceremony to climax the occasion, the Chaplain of the Military Academy and Training School Methodist/ Presbyterian Church, Rev Richard Asiedu-Perdison asked officers and men to reflect on the fact that blessings, success and elevation are divine and that doors of blessings are always opened when we remember to honor and praise the Lord. Rev Asiedu-Perdison reiterated that thanksgiving is when we realize that, it wasn’t by our effort but just by Gods grace. It is a blessing to have a conscience to thank God and appreciate him and also give Him praise in everything.

The outgoing Commander of Southern Command, Brig Gen Adeti in his speech charged troops to accord the incoming Commander the necessary support to deliver his mandate efficiently for the growth of the Nation and the Army as a whole. He urged troops to remain focused and uphold the high level of discipline, loyalty, dedication and professionalism the Armed Forces is noted for.

He also acknowledged the importance of units Magajia’s, husbands and wives for the enthusiasm, sense of motivation, ingenuity, participation and contribution towards the success of various operations. Adding that, personnel and individual experience and contributions have boosted troop’s morale and enhance esprit de corps.

The incoming Commander, Brig Gen Musah Whajah expressed his profound gratitude to God for the elevation, and thanked the Military High Command for bestowing upon them their trust and confidence to lead the gallant officers and men and women of their various formidable command. He congratulated the outgoing GOC for his commitment, dedication and sacrifice towards a worthy cause.

The ceremony was graced by Honourable Sam Atukwei Quaye, MCE, GA WEST Amasaman. Brig Gen Nyamekye Yeboa, Director IPSO. Col Francis Ofori, Commander Adjei-Djan, Deputy Director Religious Affairs. Lt Col Danso Ankrah, CO 64.  Lt Col Adjo, Lt Col Amanor, Lt Col Nortey, CO Recce Regiment, Maj Winfred Sraha, Senior Chaplain MATS HQ, Sheik Husein Hassan and other Senior officers were present.

Defence Minister Visits Family of Late Dispatch Rider

18 January 2016. The Minister for Defence, Hon Benjamin Kunbuor has visited the family of the late POII Simon Akompele, a dispatch rider who died in a crash with another rider.

The visit to the family at 1 Infantry Battalion, Michel Camp on Monday 18 January, 2016 was to enable him express the government's condolences to the bereaved family and to find out first hand details regarding the funeral arrangements.

The minister donated a quantity of provisions and a cash amount of GH¢2000 towards preparations leading to the funeral. The Greater Accra regional Minister, Hon Nii Afotey Agbo who was also with him donated an amount of GH¢1000 and a quantity of provisions.

Receiving the provisions and cash on behalf of the family, POII Midade Abubakar thanked the Ministers for the gesture and expressed the family’s appreciation for the visit.

The late POII Akompele 37, was enlisted into the Ghana Navy in 2003.  He left behind two children and a pregnant wife.

The incident occurred on Friday 15 January, 2016 during a ceremony to mark the handing and taking over of the outgoing and incoming Chiefs of Defence Staff.

The other rider and another soldier who suffered severe injuries are being treated at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Among the minister’s delegation were the Deputy Defence Minister, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo and other senior officers from the Ministry.

CDS Visits Military Police Dispatch Rider at the 37 Military Hospital

18 January 2016. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Air Marshal Samson-Oje on Monday, January 18, 2016 visited the dispatch rider, Staff Sergeant Jamaldeen Mustapha at the 37 Military Hospital who was involved in an accident during the pulling out ceremony of  the former CDS, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie.

The visit was to check how the Military Police personnel and escort to the CDS was faring after the accident which occurred on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Burma Camp in which his Navy  counterpart, Petty Officer Simon Akumpele unfortunately lost his life.

Air Marshal Samson-Oje advised him not to repeat such act again and also learn from his mistakes when displaying during such ceremonies and that of others as well.  He wished him a speedily recovery.

The accident occurred when the two military dispatch riders were displaying during the pulling out ceremony of the former CDS, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie.

Present also was the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Brig Gen Ralph Kojo Ametepi, Commanding Officer of the hospital, Col Samuel Adjei, Forces Sergeant Major, Senior Warrant Officer Owusu Dickson, Matron of the hospital, Col Mercy Yelbert and some senior officers.

Major General Saagbul Hands Over to Brigadier General Adeti as COS

16 January 2016. The out-going Chief of Staff (COS), Major General Bobson Saagbul has officially handed over the staff of office to Brigadier General Sampson Kudjo Adeti on Friday 16 January, 2016 at the General Headquarters Burma Camp, Accra.

In his remarks, Maj Gen Saagbul was very glad to handover the baton to his successor. He congratulated Brig Gen Adeti on his new appointment and urged him to continue where he left off.  He wished him well in all his endeavours.  He further added that his doors were opened to him at all times. 

In his acceptance remarks, Brig Gen Adeti started that, with a humble heart he was honoured to step into the shoes of his predecessor. He recounted several significant appointments held by Maj Gen Saagbul in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), hence taking over from him was going to be a tall order.

He assured him that he and other senior officers will join combine their efforts to achieve success. Adding that, they will always consult him and tap into his rich resources. He congratulated him for steering the office into such a huge success.

Brig Gen Adeti stated that, he will uphold the Staff of Office to the best of his ability and will be loyal to the Military High Command and everyone who has entrusted to him the responsibility of the COS of the GAF.

Brig Gen Adeti before his appointment as the COS was the General Officer Commanding, Southern Command.

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