Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bank of Africa donates a Cheque of Gh¢20,000.00 to the Ghana Air Force

12  April 2016. The Bank of Africa(Ghana) has donated a cheque of GH¢20,000.00 to the Ghana Air Force for the establishment of a 20 unit dormitory block for the school of Trade Training(STT) at the Air Force Base in Accra on Tuesday 12 of  April, 2016.

The Head of Marketing and Communication of the Bank of Africa, Madam Sharon Mensah said the donation was part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the society and the country as a whole.

She noted that they sought to partner with the security services and boost their morale in achieving excellence as far as the security of the country and the safety of its citizens were concerned.

She mentioned that the amount would serve as a seed for the commencement of the project and gave the assurance of their constant support to complete the project.

The Accra Air Force Base Commander, Group Captain Frederick Asare Bekoe received the cheque on behalf of the Military High Command and said that the project was going to ease accommodation problem of the school.

He was overwhelmed by the generous commitment of the bank and stated that the gesture was a sign of bond partnership between the Ghana Air Force and the Bank. He added that, the donation would go down the history in establishing a mutual and cordial relationship between them.
A plaque was presented to the bank by the Base Commander to affirm their appreciation of the gesture.

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Visits KAIPTC

8 April 2016. The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn has paid a historic visit to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on his maiden 3-day state visit to Ghana on Friday 8 April 2016.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Hannah Serwah Tetteh and her Ethiopian counterpart Dr Tedros Adhanom signed a General Cooperation Agreement between the Centre and Ethiopia. The momentous agreement is aimed at training personnel of KAIPTC and the Ethiopian Peace and Security Centre in a bid to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Under the agreement, both peacekeeping institutions will collaborate and develop a joint curriculum in peace support operations and training, exchange and share experience in peace support training materials and also engage in security research and exchange of research materials among others.

In the opening remarks, the commandant of the KAIPTC, Major General OB Akwa stated that the vision of the Centre is to seek to become the leading and preferred international peacekeeping training centre of excellence of education, research and training in Africa.

He said it is a great opportunity for the Centre to be associated with the Ethiopian Peace and Security Centre who share the same vision with the KAIPTC and hoped that this relationship will be beneficial for both Centres and also contribute towards the realization of the dreams of the founding fathers the two countries.

In his address, His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn stated that peacekeeping is a relevant subject and perhaps stability is the single most important issue today as it provides the necessary basics for both economic development and democratic principles to take root.

He said it is a matter of pride that both Ghana and Ethiopia has taken a leading role in helping to establish peace at various times and various countries throughout the African continent.

He also said the General Cooperation Agreement signed the two countries will enable the peacekeeping training institutions of both countries to work closely and share experiences. This he said will be a valuable element to help build an effective peace and security architecture for Africa and also an efficient and fully operational African Stand by Force.

His Excellency Desalegn mentioned that in addition to the rapid deployment availability, the mission of the stand by force will include monitoring, observation, peacemaking and peace building support in post conflict disarmament, demobilization and humanitarian assistance.

He stressed that Ethiopia and Ghana have convergence of views of many socio-economic challenges such as climate change, human and drug trafficking, poverty and young unemployment and that close cooperation is valuable in their efforts to curb such challenges.

He also expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Ghana for the warm and generous hospitality accorded him and his entourage.

His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn was accompanied by his wife, Roman Tesfaye, the Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom and a number of Ethiopian government officials and businessmen.   

SNCOs Urged to Exhibit Leadership Qualities

Captain (GN) Eric Adu addressing participants.4 April 2016. The Director of Training at the General Headquarters Captain (GN) Eric Adu has urged Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) to exhibit their leadership credentials as and when required.

He referred to the SNCOs as the middle level manager; the link between command and the junior ranks, therefore, it was imperative for them to show their leadership qualities.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Course 1/2016 which took place Air Force Base on Monday 4 April, 2016.

A cross section of SNCOs at the opening ceremony.He stated that Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officers’ (SNCO) Academy was formed by command to train and empower competent, efficient and capable men and women to manage and take up leadership roles.

Captain (GN) Adu demanded the highest form of discipline from the participants for the duration of the course and also charged them to maintain all resources at their disposal.

Forty participants drawn from the three Arms of service are expected to be taken through courses such as military professionalism, unit level management, managerial communication, business administration and current affairs.

19 Guard Changing Ceremony Held

4 April 2016. The 19 Guard Changing ceremony has been conducted at the forecourt of the Flagstaff House on Monday 4 April, 2016. The ceremony saw personnel of the Ghana Navy handing over duties to the Air Force at the Flagstaff House.

Guard changing is a traditional military ceremony with drill displays that ushers in new guards relieving old guards at various duty posts at the presidency. As part of their responsibilities and duties, the new guards were to ensure effective security at the presidency at all times.

The Vice President HE Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur presided over the ceremony.  The drill display exhibited by both old and new guards thrilled the people present at the ceremony. The melodious tunes from both Navy and Air Force bands and display from the Drum Majors also made the ceremony lively.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshall Samson Oje, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral PK Faidoo,  the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal MM Nagai and Chief of Staff (COS), Brig Gen SK Adeti were present at the occassion.

Marshallans Donates Books to Schools in Accra

4 April 2016. The Noble Order of Knights and Ladies of Marshall of the Accra East Regional Council and Court  has donated 22,000 pieces of books worth GH¢1 million to some selected Basic and Senior High Schools within the Accra Metropolis on Monday 4 of April, 2016 at the  premises of St Anthony multi-purpose centre at East-Legon in Accra.

The books included mathematics, science, social studies and other reference materials.  The Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall is a non-governmental organization with the aim of providing reading materials to some underprivileged schools within Greater Accra and some other regions in Ghana.

The Chairman of the Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES) W/Bro Samuel Kingsford Arthur in his speech said that the group ensured the books went to those who needed them most, especially children who had the desire to read, learn and explore the world in ways that only books make it possible.

He stressed that children deprived of knowledge become school dropouts and was with the conviction that the books would broadened the horizon of the beneficiaries, particularly those who read them. He further added, bridging the literacy gap and creating a culture of literacy could only be possible by providing the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers and leaders in Africa.

The Regional East Director of the Night and Ladies of Marshall Sir KT Derx Baffour in his remarks said that, it was their hope that, the donation would challenge the beneficiaries to be knowledgeable, strive for total personal development, learn to eschew greed and selfishness, and to uphold high moral standards to enable them offer self-sacrificial services to the community in which they lived and the country as a whole.

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