Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chief of the Defence Staff’s End of Year/Christmas Message to the Ghana Armed Forces

a.    reproduced below is a letter received from GHQ(PA) on the above-mentioned subject:

(1)    One again a full year is coming to a successful end by divine providence.  To the Almighty God do we owe a debt of gratitude and appreciation for His bounteous grace that is taking us through another eventful year.

(2)    I wish to extend my warmest felicitations and best wishes of joy, peace and goodwill to All Ranks, Civilian Employees, and families of the Ghana Armed Forces.

(3)    May the yuletide bring us blessing of joy, fruitfulness and success in all our efforts as we endeavour to achieve our mission to maintain the territorial and sovereignty of our motherland, Ghana.

(4)    I wish to commend you all for your loyalty, vigilance, integrity, dedication and professionalism that has enabled us to maintain the much needed alertness amidst the challenges in certain segments of our society with implications for internal peace and security.  I expect that we will maintain these positive attributes to enable us discharge our duty with honour, pride and dignity.

(5)    With the present challenging economic environment and its implications on national security, the need to ensure a peaceful environment for development cannot be over emphasized.  I appreciate your resilience in coping with the challenges of our time.  It is still crucial that we eschew apathy, complacency and unprofessional attitude in the discharge of our duties.

(6)    On the international scene we have been able to maintain our good image and high regard the various Peace Keeping theatres where we operate; Lebanon, Liberia, La Cote D’lvoire, Congo, recently Mail, South Sudan and elsewhere through discipline, dedication and professional posture.  We will continue to upgrade our equipment state, which is expected to precipitate in enhanced performance.

(7)    Let us maintain our resolve to protect our unity of purpose, collective will and determination to succeed in our efforts to maintain the integrity of our homeland, Ghana, as our government strives to meet our logistical and personnel requirements.

(8)    During this blessed season, let us share the gift of God’s love by living the profound and universal lesson Jesus taught us:  That we are to love our neighbours as ourselves.  Let us, like Jesus, become true peacemakers, bringing the gift of peace to our homes, our units, our communities, and our nation.  Once again, I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year.

(9)    May the Almighty God bless us all.

CDS Organises end of Year Reception

24 December 2014. The Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie on Tuesday 24 December 2014 organised an end of year reception for Directors General, Directors, Officers, Men and Civilian employees of the Ghana Armed Forces General Headquarters. 

The reception which is an annual event brought together a cross section of the personnel of Ghana Armed Forces at the General Headquarters after a year long’s work.

In the CDS’ remarks, he thanked personnel for their corporation and support during the year despite the tremendous challenges. He urged them to resolve to work better next year.  He also entreated them to be careful while enjoying the Christmas and take time to reflect on their past job output and family lives and see how best they can improve on them.

The Chief of Staff, Major General Bobson Saagbul, in his opening address, stated that the purpose of the reception is for all present to interact, make friends and foster good relationship among each other. He further said the occasion normally comes off before the Christmas day, and it takes the form of a cocktail party.

Burma Camp Garrison Methodist – Presbyterian Church Holds Carols Night Service

24 December 2014. The Garrison Methodist-Presbyterian Church, Burma Camp on Wednesday 24 December 2014 held a carols night service at the Church’s auditorium as part of activities marking this year Christmas Celebration.

The senior Chaplain of the Church Commander Paul Adjei Djan in his remarks said the purpose of the occasion was to commemorate the birth of Christ and also renew our faith.  

The occasion also brought together members of the church, families and friends in one accord. There was also a grand display of drama about the birth of Christ. Christmas Carols from the church choir led by Mr Nathan Danquah together with two invited organists Jacob Athur from Cape Coast and Blessed Esson from Winneba graced the occasion with soul touching musical interludes and poetry recitals from the youth.

A section of the audience sat quietly while others danced joyfully to the spectacular display of the choir. The drama performed by the Sunday school children   on the birth of Christ also engrossed all.

The programme was the first to be organised in the newly constructed auditorium of the Church.

Gideon International Donate Bibles to DRA

23 December 2014. Gideon International made up of professionals and business men have donated Bibles to the Directorate of Religious Affairs (DRA) on the 23 December 2014 at their premises at Burma Camp.

The presentation was made by Gideon International as part of their corporate social responsibility, evangelism and as a christmas gift to the DRA.

Mr Andrew Mensah Teinor, the President of the Accra East Branch stated that his outfit donated bibles to schools, hospitals, hotels, security institutions and many more for free. As part of their work, they also evangelise to people.

He stated that, Gideon’s International visited DRA to find out what they can do as an institution to help DRA spread the word of God. Gideon International stated that they will be happy if they are granted the opportunity to minister to personnel at any function by DRA.

Gideon International he added has presented bibles to schools in Burma Camp but has targeted the battalions as a means of equipping every institution in Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) with the word of God.

Col David Bangsiibu, the Director of Religious Affairs noted that the word of God is important in our daily lives because it transforms our lives and our societies and for that reason, each and everyone needs a bible to equip him or her. He said, GAF has been partners with Gideon International in the sharing of the word during ECOMOG era. Also, troops benefited from their outfit through the distribution of bibles.

He urged that they renew the relationship that exist between GAF and Gideon International and prayed that God provide them with the needed resources.

Col Bangsiibu on behalf of High Command extended his gratitude to Gideon’s International and promised to invite them to share the word of God with personnel. 

CNS Commend Personnel of the Eastern Naval Command

23 December 2014. The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro has commended personnel of the Eastern Naval Command during the ceremony to mark the celebration of the West Africa Soldiers Social Activities (WASSA) on Tuesday, 23 December, 2014.

In a speech read on behalf of the CNS, Rear Admiral Mawuli Biekro by the Commandant of the Military Academy and Training School (MATS), Rear Admiral Akoto Bonsu said, the CNS commended the Command for their contribution to the peace, stability and security in their area of duty and the Country as a whole, thus creating a conducive and enabling environment for democracy and economic development.  He also commended them for the professional manner in which they discharge assigned tasks both on land and at sea.

Rear Admiral Akoto Bonsu indicated that, the hard work and dedication of personnel to duty during the year has helped the Navy to earn many commendations from Higher Command.

“The Navy vigilance of our maritime waters has remained an oasis in the midst of numerous incidents of piracy in neighbouring waters”, he said.

The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Commodore Steve Darbo in his welcome address, expressed appreciation to Officers, Ratings and Civilian Employees of the Eastern Naval Command for the logistic constraints within which they had operated.

He further noted that, notwithstanding the numerous challenges, the command worked diligently to maintain security in its AOR and carried out it training responsibilities. He added that as the Command undertook its numerous operational commitments, it also embarked on undertaking self-help projects such as Biogas Project, Transit Quarters, and Eastern Naval Command wall and poultry farm.

Commodore Darbo expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, Hon MCE Tema Nii Odamtten, Director General Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Dredging Construction Ltd, PSC Tema Shipyard, Goldman Capital, CWT Commodities, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Latex Foam, for supporting the Command in diverse way.

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