Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ghana Navy receives donation from GHACEM

The Managing Director of GHACEM, Mr Morten Gade presents the Cement bags to the Hon Minister for  Defence, Mark Owen Woyongo.22 July 2014.  The Ghana Navy continues to receive assistance from both public spirited individuals and corporate organisations towards the construction of its new Headquarters currently underway at Naval Headquarters in Burma Camp, Accra.

The latest corporate body to do that was Ghana Cement Company, popularly known as GHACEM, which has made a donation of 1,600 bags of cement to the Ghana Navy on 22 July, 2014 at the Naval Headquarters. The Managing Director of GHACEM, Mr Morten Gade, in handing over the items to the Defence Minister, Hon Mark Owen Woyongo, on behalf of Management and Board, assured the Ghana Navy of a strong and lasting partnership with them.

The Defence Minister, who was the special guest of honour, in his remarks, stated that the maritime security in the recent times had become critical to the development of the country, adding that the newly found offshore oil and gas had put the country in a unique opportunity for rapid development. He, therefore, called for the strengthening of collaboration between the private sector and the state against piracy at sea.

He noted that the nation’s development drive could only be a success in a stable and peaceful atmosphere. The Defence Minister added that most of the oil and gas infrastructure lay offshore in the ocean. “Currently only the Ghana Navy has the capability to detect, deter, and respond to threats at sea”, he said.

He reiterated the government’s resolve to retool the Ghana Armed Forces to continue to play its role including fighting piracy in the nation’s waters. The Minister disclosed that the country had experienced a wave of attacks in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as a result of insecurity, which he said had a direct impact on private businesses.  He appealed to corporate bodies in the country to assist security agencies to ensure security in the maritime domain.

CNS interacts with Managing Director GHACEM, Mr Morten Gade.The Minister lauded GHACEM for its benevolence to the Ghana Navy to replace its dilapidated pre-independence structures, which serve as the Command Center for the Ghana Navy.

Rear Admiral Mawuli Geoffery Biekro, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), was grateful to GHACEM for the support and appealed to others to follow suit.

VEEP gives KAIPTC thumbs up

Commandant Welcome VEEP to KAIPTC.23 July 2014.  “We cannot return to ethnic conflicts, therefore, we rely on the technical expertise of this Centre to develop strategies for defeating such an attempt“.  The special guest of honour, Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amisah Arthur, made this observation at the joint graduation ceremony for the Master of Arts programme in Conflict, Peace and Security (MCPS) and Master of Arts in Gender, Peace and Security (MGPS) at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on Wednesday, 23 July, 2014.

West Africa, he cited with grief, was currently confronted with challenges of people seeking to impose their worldviews on others through the force of arms and various acts of terror.  He recalled that in the last quarter of the century, the sub-region had experienced strange wars and conflicts, which he said ought to be resolved but without resorting to warfare.

The guest of honour said that Ghana had begun a long process of recovery from her past economic disorders and started enjoying the dividend. He said that the nation was determined to accommodate everyone who found solace in Ghana no matter their beliefs or customs.

For a nation to grow and develop, the Vice President noted that it was necessary to enhance skills of the citizenry, adding that after expanding access to second cycle institutions; it became obvious that public tertiary institutions did not have the capacity to admit all the qualified students passing out of Senior High Schools. He said that the National Accreditation Board (NAB) was created in 1993 to provide quality assurance and improve management at the tertiary level. The opening up of private participation in the tertiary sector by the NAB, he noted, had contributed to the establishment of institutions that complemented the work of Public Universities

KAIPTC, he said, continued to be one of such public institutions to support the work of government in providing quality education in peace and security. He added that the work of the Centre in teaching and research would continue to impact on society and the government commended the directing and teaching staff for their efforts.

In line with KAIPTC’s mission of providing globally-recognised capacity for international actors on African peace and security through training education and research, a total of 67 students with 11 being foreigners graduated with the MA in Conflict, Peace and Security and MA in Gender, Peace and Security.  The over all best students in Conflict, Peace, and Security; and Gender, Peace and Security were awarded to Ms. Kanako Ishiyama of Japan and Mrs. Ugonna Ukaigwe of Nigeria, respectively. 

VEEP, CDS, Commandant KAIPTC, Service Chiefs, lectures and graduates in a group photograph.The occasion was used to present honours to Maj Gen Henry Kwame Anyidoho (rtd) for his dedication and special contributions to the successful running of Academic programmes since 2001. Dr. Charles Amlanerm was also awarded with the same honours for supporting the monitoring of the academic staff of KAIPTC at the Kennesaw State University.
The Commandant of KAIPTC, Maj. Gen Obed Akwa, expressed his appreciation to the guest of honour for taking time off his busy schedules to grace the occasion. He disclosed that in view of the demand for courses at the Centre, plans were far advanced to run other Masters programmes.

Hon Mark Woyongo, the outgoing Minister for Defence; Prof Franklin Mannu, Rector of GIMPA and Col (Dr) Emmanuel Kotia, Chief Instructor/ Academic Programmes Cordinator graced the ceremony.

Drill and Duties Course 1 2014 ends

Graduates of Drill and Duties Course 1 2014, saluting the guest of honour Director General Personnel Administrations, Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh.
16 July 2014.        The Advance Drill and Duties Course 1 2014 ended at the Army Drill and Duties School Military Academy   and Training Schools (MATS) on Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 at Teshie, Accra.

The 12 week course was organised for selected Warrant Officers, Senior Non-commissioned Officers and their equivalent ranks from the Ghana Navy, Air Force and other Security Services namely the Ghana Police Service, Customs Excise and Preventive Service, Fire Service, Prisons Service, Immigration Service, and Ghana Ports and Habour Authority.

The aim of the course was to equip personnel with up-to-date knowledge in drill with the ability to instruct in drill and organise ceremonial parades at all levels. It also aimed at broadening their outlook in matters of general knowledge in Unit Administration and norms of their profession.

The ultimate objective of the course was to prepare the personnel with the requisite knowledge to assist in training at the various institutions for total manpower development in the Security Services. 

The Reviewing Officer, who is also the Director General Personnel Administrations (DGPA) at the General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra, Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh, congratulated the students on successful completion of the course and the impressive parade.

Brig Gen Tetteh urged the personnel not   to only have good knowledge and beliefs in the values, ethics, customs and traditions of their respective services but also have good understanding and appreciation of the expectations of the Ghanaian society on their respective services and offer immediate solutions for higher command’s consideration.

“As senior non-commissioned officers, you are an important part of the chain of command and, therefore, must always be aware of the indispensability of your contributions to command and control and the crucial leadership roles you are required to play in your  respective services”, he added.

The DGPA entreated the personnel to enforce discipline in which ever capacity they may find themselves since discipline is the foundation on which all security institutions are built.

He  congratulated the graduating students and especially personnel from the sister security services,  and implored them to bring their achievements to bear on their respective services by sharing the additional knowledge and experience gained during the course with their colleagues and also live up to expectation at all times.

The overall best student awards went to Staff Sergeant Duffour Kennedy and other deserving students.

Present were the Deputy MATS Commandants, Brig Gen Emmanuel Murphy Yeboah, the Acting Commander, Army Combat and Training School (ACTS), Col Salifu Gilbert Yakubu, and Forces Sergeant Major, MWO Owusu Dickson.

HMS Iron Duke Visits Ghana Navy

21 July 2014. The United Kingdom Royal Navy War Ship, HMS Iron Duke, a Type 23 ‘Duke’ Class Frigate normally based in Portsmouth, UK, has visited the Ghana Navy on Monday, 21 July, 2014, at the Naval Base Sekondi.

The purpose of HMS Iron Duke’s four-day visit (from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 July 2014) was to share their knowledge and experience with the Ghana Navy in a form of training to aid development and promote security and stability in the waters of Ghana. The Royal Navy intended to work with various navies, coastguards and other national forces to promote capacity and sustainability in their operations to be able to manage and stop illegal activities such as armed robbery, drug trafficking and illegal fishing in local waters.

On arrival at the Base, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command (FOC WNC), Commodore Godson Zowonoo, welcomed them and said the Ghana Navy was looking forward to training with them. On behalf of the Navy, he expressed his gratitude to the Royal Navy for coming to share their knowledge and expertise with them.

In a press briefing onboard HMS Iron Duke, the Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Tom Tredray, hinted that the visit was a way of improving upon the existing cordial relationship between the two navies, as they had had a long history of working together.  He said they would also work with other partner nations so as to combat maritime transgressions in the high waters off West Africa.

Commander Tredray said since piracy and other maritime domain infractions constituted a multinational illegality, there was the need for partner countries to collaborate, train together and exchange information such as boarding procedures, anti-piracy procedures and navigation as well as periodically organising refresher training for partner navies. He pointed out that for an effective and efficient control of the world’s maritime domain, monitoring, surveillance and the protection of the high waters should be a shared responsibility.

The Ghana Navy, on its part, benefitted immensely from the four-day training package which included: Boarding Operations Training, Firefighting Drills, Small Boat Maintenance Techniques (outboard motor fault diagnosis and maintenance), Estimate Process, Trends/Navy Procedures for Internal Security/Peace Support Operations, Planned Maintenance Schedules/Schemes, among others.

HMS Iron Duke—with the strength of 193 members was on a six-month operational deployment along the high seas of Africa to ensure security in the South Atlantic. It has since left the waters of Ghana for Nigeria.

GAF to Participate in Commonwealth Games

Presentation to the shooting team11 July 2014.  Four personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) will be part of Ghana’s team to participate in this year’s Commonwealth Games scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August. 

These personnel, WOI Appiah Koli Emmanuel of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Cpl Dzorvakpor Joseph of 2nd Infantry Battalion, Takoradi, LS Ochodo Mercy of Naval Base Tema and AB1 Sapak Philomena of Ghana Navy Ship Yogaga, Takoradi are distinguished marksmen and markswomen who were selected.

The choice of these soldiers and their sponsorship, borne by Solmed Alliance Company, was disclosed by Mr. Kelvin Hall, Area Manager (Africa) Solmed Alliance and the Managing Director of Solmed and Partners when he introduced the shooting team, officially called the “Black Snipers” at the Holiday Inn Hotel on 11 July, 2014 in Accra.

In his speech, Mr Hall said the gesture was an historic development for Sports in the country, adding that it was the first time Ghana was sending a shooting team to the Commonwealth Games.

He further explained that the Ghana National Rifle Association (GNRA) was ratified by the Ghana International Olympic Committee in 2012 and in November 2013 affiliated with the International Shooting Federation and granted Federation Status for all Shooting Sports in Ghana.

On behalf of the management and the team, Mr Cillian George Walsh, president of GNRA, expressed sincere gratitude to Solmed Alliance for their assistance in the development of the Team and the promotion of sports.

Present at the ceremony were Mr Anthony Ackah, president of Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), Mr Ben Ohene Ayeh, Vice President of Sport Writers Association of Ghana, and Mr Ben Amoah, Managing Director, DEALS (Partners of Solmed).

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