Thursday, December 18, 2014

UN Books on Wheels Launched

1 October 2014. The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Ghana has launched its maiden books on wheels at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Teshie, Accra on 1 October, 2014.

The purpose of launching the “UN books on wheels,” project, according to Ms Cynthia Prah, a UNIC representative, was to equip libraries with UN publications in the various higher institutions in the country to keep the students abreast of issues concerning the UN.

In his welcome address as the Guest of Honour, the Deputy Minister for Communication, Hon Ato Sarpong, expressed his sincere gratitude to the organisers for working tirelessly to bring together such a diverse range of actors to create a forum for the launch. He congratulated the UN for bringing 250 experts and specialists to West Africa to help combat the deadly Ebola disease.

He added that the Ministry of Communications commended the UN groups in Ghana for the project that was expected to make those UN books, publications and materials widely accessible to library users and the general public. He hoped that through the project, the UN would periodically disseminate UN publications to selected institutions of higher learning.

Hon Sarpong was hopeful that the project would create more links between the Universities in Ghana and the UN, as it would attract the youth and students to the United Nations. He urged the selected institutions to make good use of the facilities made available to them by the UN so that their respective institutions as well as the nation would benefits from them.

The UN Interim Resident Coordinator, Ms Susan Ngogi lauded the GAFCSC Commandant for the self-help initiative by providing facilities for the commencement of the project.

She added that the ‘UN books on wheel project’ will give necessary information on the activities of the UN to the doorsteps of students to facilitate the soliciting of unadulterated information for their research and academic activities.

The Honourable Deputy Minister later cut the sod to ceremonially mark the commencement of the project.

Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), University of Development Studies (UDS), Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), University of professional Studies (UPS) Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and other tertiary institutions had representatives at the function.

Some of the dignitaries present were the Commandant of GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Issifu Kadri, Deputy Commandant of GAFCSC, Commodore Osei Sarfo, Assistant Commandant of GAFCSC (Junior Division), Commodore John Kuntor, Director of Studies at GAFCSC, Col William Omane Agyekum, Director of Higher Education and Corporate Affairs, GAFCSC, Col Twum Barima, and National Information Officer of UN Centre, Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah.

Air Force Base Takoradi Holds 3rd Quarter Religious Parade

28 September 2014. Ghana Air Force in Takoradi has held an inter-religious parade at the Methodist/Presbyterian Church, located at the Base in Takoradi, on Sunday, 28 September, 2014.

The inter-religious parade was to thank the Almighty God for His goodness and mercies that had successfully brought personnel of the Ghana Air Force to the end of the 3rd Quarter.

Preaching the sermon on the theme “The Faithful Servant”, Reverend Ernest Ofori Debrah said that everyone should remain faithful in whichever position they were placed to serve; whether big or small, in order to give a good account of the day of reckoning, adding that each one would be judged according to how much they were given.

He advised families of troops to provide the necessary support and peaceful atmosphere for their spouses in order for them to function well as faithful servants.

Imam Isahakah from the Air Force Mosque also admonished the congregation to ensure that their actions always reflected their faith in Allah, the most Gracious. 

The occasion was used to formally introduce as well as induct into office Gp Capt Felix Adom Asante, the in-coming Base Commander of the Air Force Base, Takoradi, who took over from Air Commodore Maxwell Mantsebi Tei Nagai.

Gp Capt Adom Asante urged all ranks to accord him the needed support and loyalty to enable him to continue the good work of his predecessor. He asked for God’s divine direction and protection as he starts his work to God and mankind.


GMA 2014 Band Concert24 September 2014. The Ghana Military Academy has held a band concert as part of its graduation activities for officer cadets currently undergoing training at the academy.  This year’s band concert had performances by the cadet choir, Arakan Methodist Presbyterian church choir, the dance band from the Armed Forces Central Band (AFCB) in addition to the Regimental Band.  There was also chorography performance by the House of God Youth.

This innovation was introduced by the Commanding Officer of the AFCB, Lt Col FK Ennin, which completely changed the form of the military band concert which hitherto had been restricted to performance by the Regimental Band.

The guest of honour for the occasion, who is the Director General of Logistics at the General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces, Commodore BF Asante, noted the concert offered the cadets an opportunity to interact with both some serving and retired officers as a way of taking inspirations from them.

Commenting on the effectiveness of music to mankind, commodore Asante said the power of music was recognised the world over, as it was used for spiritual, psychological and other purposes.  He added that in time past, music was used to heal aching hearts and also inspire warriors during battles.  He said the concert was, therefore, good to help the officer cadets to shed off some stress and have fun.

He commended the cadets on their spirit of endurance, hard work, and difficult moments that they have gone through over the past couple of months.  He also lauded their instructors for working selflessly to bring out the best out of them to become very useful citizens to the country.

Some of the personalities present were the Commandant of MATS, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto-Bonsu, Deputy Commandant MATS, Brigadier General EMK Yeboah, Chief Staff Officer Commodore S Amoama, Commander, Ghana Military Academy, Brigadier General Mike Akpatsu and some directors from the general headquarters.

RAFOWA Honours Patrons

24 September 2014. The Retired Armed Forces Officers Wives’ Association (RAFOWA), have on 24 September, 2014, honoured some patrons of the association, at the Veterans Club House in Accra, for their immense assistance, donations, and contributions to the association.

The occasion, which brought together wives of retired officers, was used to solicit for fund to run the affairs of the association.

The President of the association, Mrs. Christiana Jones Mensah, said that the association was established in 1995 to support its members and also donate to the needy in the country.   She added that donations were made to the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital to assist patients with cardiovascular diseases, the 37 Military Hospital, and some orphanages.

She advised wives of the association to assist their husbands to build better future for themselves, their families and bring changes to the lives of others.

Mrs. Mensah stressed the role of women in national development, urging women to be multi-focus, functional and be willing to help in the development of the nation.

The Chief of Defence Staff, (CDS) Vice Admiral Matthew Quarshie, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Real Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro were among the patrons who were honoured.

Present at the occasion were, the Coordinator of Human Security at the Presidency, Brig Gen Joseph Nunoo Mensah (rtd), Chief Staff Officer (CSO), Air Force Headquarters, Air Commodore Morgan Nyadoduoi, President of the Retired Commissioned Officers Association, Brig Gen George Brock, and other retired Senior Officers.

Nigerian CNS Calls on Rear Admiral Biekro

10 September 2014.  The Nigerian Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jibirin, has paid a courtesy call on his Ghanaian counterpart, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, at   Burma Camp, on 10 September, 2014.

The aim of the visit was to dialogue with Ghana’s CNS, identify, and strengthen cooperation between the Navies of both countries by looking at key areas in the maritime domain.

One of the key areas Vice Admiral Jibirin touched on included welfare of personnel through training programmes and courses. “There is the need to build upon the capacity of trainers in the Nigerian Navy,” he said, stressing that training was essential in soldiers’ life, ‘since that brings out their professionalism’.

He talked also about information sharing between the two Navies on Intelligence, piracy in their territorial waters, oil theft, illegal bunkering, illegal fishing, smuggling, and robbery off shore.

According to him, the Nigerian Navy was working very tirelessly to curb oil thefts, and had been able to arrest some miscreants, adding that some measures including patrols, had been put in place to check piracy.

He requested for partnership and joint exercises with the Ghana Navy and an exchange of Directing Staff to both country’s to learn from each other.

Rear Admiral Biekro noticed that combating piracy required maximum efforts and intense collaboration among West African countries to solve what he described as menace.

The Ghana Navy, he noted, carried out anchorage and patrols at the nation’s ports and harbours and escorted ships in order to tighten up security offshore. He said that despite some challenges faced by the Ghana Navy a few months ago, it was able to live up to the task. “The Ghana Navy is ever ready to team up with other institutions to safeguard our waters,” he assured.

Rear Admiral Biekro disclosed that the Ghana Navy had a list of all licensed ships and fuel transfer ships that came into the nation’s ports and this enabled the Ghana Navy to check oil bunkery in the nation’s territorial waters.

‘Ghana’, he said ‘needs all her neighbouring countries to combat maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea,’ adding that Ghana Navy was also interested in exchange programmes with the Nigerian Navy. He expressed his gratitude to Vice Admiral Jibirin and his staff for accepting a team the Ghana Navy had sent to enquire about courses and programmes run in their institutions.

He said that the Ghana Armed Forces was yet to organise a Logistics and Technical course for the Ghana Navy with the proposal having been approved. He requested that the Nigerian Navy grant attachment to personnel of Ghana Navy.

The Ghanaian Chief of Naval Staff congratulated his guest on his promotion as well as for the good work he was doing. Vice Admiral Jibirin was presented with gifts to serve as a treasure and a time watch to push both naval institutions higher. He thanked Rear Admiral Biekro for his hospitality.

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