Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mega Fun Games for Security Services in Tamale

1 March 2014. The Security Services in the Tamale Metropolis have organized mega fun games, the first of its kind, which came off at the Tamale Sports Stadium on Saturday 1 March 2014.  The aim was to strengthen the already existing cordial relations among the Security Services.  The fun game was preceded by a clean-up exercise aimed at bridging the gap between Service personnel and the good people of Tamale.

The main objective of the games was for the Services to have fun and not compete keenly among themselves. Hence the planning committee comprising representatives from all the services paired the military units in the region namely Air force Base Tamale, Airborne Force and 6 Infantry Bn with Customs, Ghana Fire Service (GFS) and Prisons Service respectively with Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) merging with Ghana Police Service (GPS) to also form a team. Disciplines competed in included Football, Volley Ball, Table Tennis and Tag of Peace.

The Special Guest of Honour was the Regional Minister Hon Bide Ziden.  In his opening remarks the Minister entreated all and sundry to see themselves as one in keeping the peace, law and order in Tamale and Mother Ghana at large.   He emphasized that the fun games was to strengthen the relationship among the Security Services.

The games kick started with an opening match between a team made up of Ghana Police Service and Ghana Immigration Service against a team of Air force Base Tamale and Custom Division of Ghana Revenue Authority.

At the end of the games, trophies were awarded to deserving teams. GPS/GIS took home trophies for Football and Volley Ball. While ABF/FIRE unbeatably took that of 'Tag-of-Peace' and 6Bn/Prisons took Table Tennis. Also present at the programme were the Regional Commanders of the GPS, GFS and also the 2IC of GIS.  Commanding Officers of 6Bn and ABF and their respective 2ICs as well as some media representatives were also present.

Ghana marks the 66th Anniversary of Christiansborg Shooting Incident

28 February 2014. Ghanaians have celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Christiansborg crossroad shooting incident at the Nationalism Park in Osu on the 28 February 2014.

A parade was held in honour of the celebrations by Ghana Armed Forces and other Security Services.

The occasion which is celebrated every year in remembrance  of the Ex-Servicemen who in 1948 were shot by the Colonial Police whilst marching peacefully to the Osu Castle to present a petition to the then Governor and Commander-In-Chief  of the Gold Coast Regiment, Sir Gerald Creasy over their frustrated financial and social difficulties.

A roll call was conducted by the Veteran Administration Ghana followed by the Flag raising ceremony after which a minute silence was observed to remember the Ex-Servicemen.

Five wreaths were laid for the departed souls.  The first wreath was laid by the Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Owen Woyongo on behalf of the people of Ghana.  The next wreath was laid by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie on behalf of the Security services followed by the Chairman of the Veteran Administration Ghana, Cdr Steve Obimpeh (rtd) on behalf of the Veterans, while the Osu Mantse Nii Okai Kinka (II) laid a wreath on behalf of the Traditional Authorities and a representative from Sgt Adjetey’s family laid the last wreath on behalf of the fallen soldiers. 

Some Ministers of State, the Inspector General of Police, the Service Chiefs, the Commandant of the Military Training Schools, namely Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre (KAIPTC), civil and military officials and contingents drawn from the Ghana Army, Navy, Air Force, Police Service and the Veteran Administration Ghana were in attendance.

Let Strengthen our Bilateral Relationship – Ivorian DA

27 February 2014. The Ivorian Defence Attaché (DA) to Ghana Col Yao Kouame Charles has paid a courtesy call on Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and all the Service Chiefs on 27 February, 2014 at their offices in Burma Camp.

His visit is to familiarize himself with them as the new DA to Ghana and also to liaise with the forces by way of exchanging programmes to strengthen their bilateral relationship as sister countries.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie emphasized on the need for the two countries to come together and rekindle their old flames of friendship by training troops and sharing matters of interest for the betterment of both countries.

“It has always been my greatest wish that Ghanaian troops can also go to francophone countries to learn French as a language to help them especially during Peacekeeping missions to other francophone countries”, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei retorted.

On his part, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro said, it was the duty of the higher authority for both countries to liaise together for a transparent and effective mutual understanding on how to curb the problems on the various seashores especially piracy which is affecting Africa greatly and the way forward for West Africa.

Rear Admiral Biekro said, he would be at Cote D’voire to discuss with the Naval Chief the way forward with maritime issues.

The Ivorian DA, Col Kouame also visited Air Cdre GS Evans at Air Force Headquarters who said his outfit was ready to help achieve his mission whiles in Ghana for effective maneuvering between the two forces to enhance the beauty of their relationship.


Nigerian DA Calls on CDS and the Service Chiefs

27 February 2014. The Nigerian Defence Adviser to Ghana Col Stanley N Eze on his first visit to Ghana called on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and the Service Chiefs in their offices at Burma Camp on Thursday 27 February 2014.

The main objective of his visit was to introduce himself as the New Defence Adviser. He was thankful for the warmth reception given him on his arrival and expressed gratitude to Ghana Armed Forces for the good relationship both institutions have enjoyed over the past years.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, welcomed the DA and added that the GAF would continue to maintain and protect the bilateral relationship between both countries.  He acknowledged that Ghana and Nigeria share similar values and culture and have all served well at various Peacekeeping Operations to support UN.  

Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei, Chief of Army Staff, said GAF will continue to sustain the good relationship with the Nigerian Army by means of exchanging programs and exercises to strengthen their relationship.  

“I will never forget my stay in Nigeria when I came there to study and the warm treatment given to me by the Nigerian Armed Forces” said Rear Admiral GM Biekro Chief of Naval Staff. He added that GAF would continue to work with the Nigeria Armed Forces to fight against piracy in the Sub region.

The Chief Staff Officer Ghana Air Force, Air Commodore N Nyadodui also assured the Nigerian Defence Adviser to call on GAF anytime the need arises and promised to maintain the good relationship both countries are enjoying.

Canadian Medical Students Donate Items to 37 Military Hospital

27 February 2014. A group of Canadian medical students have donated assorted medical supplies worth GH ¢ 5,080 to the 37 Military Hospital on 27 February, 2014 at the facility Head quarters in Accra.

The group of ten undergraduate students in their final semester and currently on international placement studies has been at the hospital for the past five weeks on a clinical programme.

Presenting the items on their behalf, the group leader Dr Solina Richter stated that the medical donations were meant to assist the hospital in the provision of quality health care to both entitled and non-entitled patients.

She also acknowledged the support from the Royal Alexandria hospital in Edmundton, Canada in running the programme. She however stressed that the items were not to be sold but used for the maximum benefit of patients.

Items presented included two dressing trolleys, two BP apparatus, one examination seat for the Pediatric Unit, stethoscopes, intravenous sets, surgical and disposable gloves, personal protection equipment and lots of needles and syringes.

Receiving the items on behalf of the hospital, the Commanding Officer (CO), Col Samuel Adjei thanked the group leader, Dr Solina Richter and the entire student body for their warm and kind gesture.

He gave every assurance that the items would be put to their rightful use. Also present were the Acting Deputy Matron, Lt Col JE Cole, Deputy Chief Health Tutor, Nurses Training College, Lt Col Sally Mensah and the Unit RSM, WO1 Laryea Daniel Adjei.

In an interview with AFNEWS, the students said they were amazed by the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the medical staff in dealing with patients.
Over the years, the 37 Military Hospital has gained recognition as a referral facility and handles emergency and disaster situations as well. It is also a UN level IV hospital in the West Africa sub-region.

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