Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Colonel Landmeter Ends His Stay as DA to Ghana

22 July 2016. The Netherlands Defence Attaché (DA) to Ghana, Col Eric DE Landmeter, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai at his office in Burma Camp on Friday 22 July, 2016.

The visit was to formally inform the CAS about the end of his tenure of office and also to introduce the new Defence Attaché, Col Jack Van Baarsel of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps who arrived in Ghana on the 15 July, 2016.

Col Landmeter in his address thanked the CAS for the cooperation that existed between the two establishments and described his duty tour as a very remarkable one.

The CAS on behalf of Personnel of the Ghana Air Force commended the out-going DA and expressed his deep appreciation to the office of the Defence Attaché.

Air Vice Marshal Mantsebi-Tei Nagai was also appreciative for the good working relationship he had with them throughout his stay.  Plaques were exchanged by both parties to signify the cordial working relations at the end of the duty call.

Ghana Assures Liberia of her Support

21 July 2016. The Deputy Minister of Defence, Hon Gilbert Kenneth Adjei has assured the government and people of Liberia that Ghana together with the Armed Forces will continue to support Liberia to overcome the challenges the country has faced over the years.

The Minister disclosed this in an interaction at the Air Forces Officers’ Mess in Accra on Thursday 21 July, 2016 when a delegation from the Liberian National Defence and Armed Forces of Liberia paid a three-day visit to the GAF and the Ministry of Defence.

He added that the Ministry and GAF have been very instrumental under the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the stability, transformation and restructuring process in Liberia.  He said Ghana was excited when the United Nations formally handed over the responsibilities of Defence and Security sector to the Government and the Armed Forces of Liberia.

The Honourable Minister noted that, terrorism, piracy, drug trafficking and arms smuggling are no longer a case for individual countries to handle.   He called for collective ideas for a common training experience, harmonise tactics and the doctrine to project into the current reality.  He expressed his appreciation to the delegation on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, HE John Dramani Mahama for the visit.

The Minster of the Liberian National Defence, Hon Brownie Samukai in his address said that his visit to Ghana had been fruitful and also he had achieved his aim to deepen the bilateral relations between the two countries and institutions.  He acknowledged the effort of the Government of Ghana by helping Liberia to attain peace and stability which had put Liberia back on its path for the kind of relationship both countries had envisaged.

He thanked the Defence Minister and the High Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for the hospitality accorded them and thanked the people of Ghana for hosting over ten thousand refugees when the civil war in Liberia started.

The Kpeshi Medical Centre Receives Medical Items

18 July 2016. The Officer Commanding the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mail (MINUSMA), Ghana Engineer Company 3 (GHANENGCOY 3) in Mali, Major Maxwell Komla Appoh has donated some medical items; such as thermometers, water dispensers, bed sheets, books, folders, toiletries among others to the Kpeshi Medical Centre at the Southern Command in Teshie, on Monday 18 July, 2016.

Maj Appoh indicated the Medical Reception Station (MRS) was the first point of call for soldiers and their families therefore it was prudent to furnish the facility to offer better services in a very conductive environment, and also help alleviate the pressure on the 37 Military Hospital.

Major Appoh was grateful to the Military High Command for the opportunity to command the Engineer Company, and thankful to his Second in Command, Major AP Dery and the entire Company for their cooperation and support.

The Medical Officer for the Kpeshie Medical Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Oduro-Addo who received the items on behalf of the Station, expressed his appreciation and was quick to add that the aid was the first of its kind from a Ghanbatt.

Lt Col Oduro-Addo stated that the items had come at the right time and would be put to proper use to beef up the supplies from 37 Military Hospital.  He used the opportunity to request for an ambulance for the Centre and also urged other Battalions to emulate the example.

The Command Operations Officer (COO) of Southern Command Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Opare Nyante on behalf of the General Officer Commanding Brigadier General Musah Whajah, commended the Engineer Company for their wonderful support.

Lt Col Bret Clutter Ends his Tenure as DA to Ghana

19 July 2016. The out-going US Defence Attaché (DA) to Ghana, Lt Col Bret Clutter, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje at his office in Burma Camp, on Tuesday 19 July 2016.

The visit was to formally notify the CDS about the end of his tenure of office and also to introduce the in-coming Defence Attaché Major Gabriel Frusha.   In his address, Lt Col Clutter recounted the ties he has established in Ghana and described his duty tour as a very outstanding one.   He thanked the CDS for his cooperation during his stay in the country and requested same for his successor.

The CDS on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), expressed his profound gratitude to Lt Col Clutter for the good working relations he had with GAF throughout his stay and urged the in-coming DA to emulate the remarkable effort of his predecessor.

A plaque was presented to the out-going DA by the CDS to signify a successful completion of his three-year tour in the country.

Quality education key to nation building – CEO Delbond

9 July 2016.  The founder and CEO of Delbond company, Mr. John Bonuedi says the future of Ghana depends on the quality of education offered by  schools in the country. This was captured in a speech he delivered at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Base Ordinance Depot (BOD) basic school on Saturday 9 July, 2016.

In his Address, he stated that education remains the engine of the economy, the foundation of culture, and essential in preparing for adult life. “Delivering on our commitment to social justice requires us to place the best of our resources at the heart of our education system” he said.

According to him, education can be considered quality if it encompasses more participation in deliberate research and designing of extracurricular activities.

He again mentioned that equal opportunities must be made available to facilitate learning and personal development of children in order to help them grow to be socially, economically, emotionally and psychologically integrated into the society.

“Policy makers must ensure a unified underlining education policy that transcends government so as not to alter the school's curriculum unnecessarily thereby confusing the student. Changing governments must in that light, learn their commitment and remain this unified educational policies to ensure continuity and effective transfer of knowledge.” He noted

He however advised that the motto of the school "Reality and Vision" should be strongly fused  into teaching and learning so as to open the imagination of the students to dare differently and greater than what the environment teaches and offers.

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