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CDS Mourns Komla Dumor

24 January 2014. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, has signed the Book of condolence in honour of the late British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)’s and former host of Joy FM’s morning show Komla Dumor at his family house in Haatso in Accra on Friday 24 January 2014.

The late Komla Dumor suffered a cardiac arrest and died in his residence in London on 18 January 2014.

The CDS expressed his deepest sympathy on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and said that one of the things that made Komla Dumor an icon was his understanding of the military.

Vice Admiral Quashie emphasised that GAF will give all the necessary support needed by the family during the burial.  It was also his prayer that the good Lord will strengthen the entire family in this difficult moment.

The CDS was received by Komla Dumor’s father, Prof Dumor, and other members of the family.  A senior member of the family, Dr James Victor Gbeho, on behalf of the family noted that Komla Dumor was indeed an icon and a true son of Ghana, Africa and the world at large.  He said a family delegation was in London to bring back the remains of the late Komla Dumor to Ghana for burial.

Komla Dumor’s father, Prof Dumor, his sister, Mawuena Dumor, and a member of the family, Patrick Hayford, thanked the CDS and the whole of GAF for sympathising with the family.

The CDS was accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Major General BG Saagbul.

Army HQ Gets New Commanding Officer

10 January 2014. An all Ranks durbar has been held at the Army Headquarters to introduce the newly appointed Commanding Officer (CO), Lt Col Charles Agyeman and to bid farewell to the out-going Commanding Officer, Lt Col Emmanuel Darkwah on Friday, 10 January 2014.

Addressing the troops at the Army Headquarters, the out-going CO, Col Emmanuel Darkwah who has been appointed as the Director Army Logistics (DALOG), commended personnel of the Unit for the hard work, discipline, dedication and selflessness to duty which had propelled the image of the Unit.

He expressed his gratitude to all personnel and civilian employees for their diverse contributions and support which has brought about tremendous development in the Unit.

He also urged all and sundry to accord the in-coming CO the same respect, obedience and to support him during his tenure in office.  He wished the in-coming Commanding Officer the very best.

The in-coming CO, Lt Col Charles Agyeman expressed his appreciation to the Military High Command for his new appointment and pledged his commitment to giving off his best to bringing about further developments in the Unit.

Sappers Charged to Hold High the Flag of the Unit

10 January 2014. Major Gen Rechardson Baiden (Rtd) has charged Sappers of the 48 Engineer Regiment to hold high the flag of the Unit since their forbearers who built the Unit worked one step ahead to carve a niche for the Unit.

Maj Gen Baiden made these statements at the handing and taking over ceremony and the Units West African Soldiers Activities (WASSA) held on Friday, 10 January 2014 at the 48 Engineering Regiment in Teshie.

He also entreated personnel to reflect on the activities of the past year and look forward to a meaningful 2014. He added that the year 2013 had been operationally active with the collaboration between 48 Engineers and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in disaster response.

He commended Lt Col Mohammed Mustapha, the out-going Commanding Officer (CO) and all the personnel for their good work during the period and urged all to emulate his good example. Major Gen Baiden also congratulated Lt Col Richard Kinney on his appointment as the in-coming Commanding Officer.

Lt Col Mohammed Mustapha in his handing over address acknowledged the role played by his predecessors to up lift the image of the 48 Engineer Regiment.  He praised the forbearers of the Unit for laying a good foundation for the Unit to thrive on.  “I have achieved all these successes through the commitment, dedication and hard work of the Officers, men, women and civilian employees of the Unit” he stated.

He commended the wives of Sappers for the great care and support given to their husbands and urged all to extend the same support to the in-coming CO.  Lt Col Mustapha also pledged to assist Lt Col Kinney whenever he was called upon.

In his acceptance speech, Lt Col Richard Kinney, the newly appointed CO expressed his gratitude to Lt Col Mustapha for his good leadership example which brought about progress to the Unit and wished him well in his new appointment. He said he had accepted the appointment with great hopes, aspirations and with faith.  He also noted that the year 2014 would be full of exercises and fieldwork with the German Technical Advisory Team to sharpen their skills as combat Engineers.

Lt Col Kinney urged all and sundry to contribute their quota to the development of the Unit and advised personnel to endeavour to maintain a positive culture of delivery on schedule without compromising on quality.  He expressed his gratitude to the ADB, UBA Teshie Branch for the sponsorship of the Unit’s WASSA and to Lt Col Juergen Kunz and his German Military Advisory Group for the support they have been providing the Unit.

Deserving and hardworking staff of the Unit were awarded with chest freezers. Three pupils of the WAJIR A and B schools who excelled in the 2013 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) were also awarded with laptops.

UNOCI GHANBATT 18 Donates to Needy Child

14 January 2014. The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Cote D’Ivoire (UNOCI) Ghana Battalion 18 (GHANBATT 18) have donated an amount of Three thousand, two hundred and twenty-five US dollars (USD 3225) in support of Jemima Ekwan, a 17 year old girl who is suffering from Posterior Spinal Fusion on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 at the premises of TV3 in Accra.

The donation was in response to a news story aired by TV3 soliciting for funds to enable Jemima undergo a medical surgery to correct problems with the small bones in the spine (vertebrae). 

Donating the money on behalf of the GHANBATT, Lt Col Benhardt Awere Nyarko disclosed that the intention was to donate to the Ghana Heart Foundation but due to the urgent need for Jemima to undergo the surgery, they decided to donate the money to her instead.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the family, Deputy Managing Editor in charge of Current Affairs and Assignments, Matilda Aba Haynes thanked the GHANBATT for the kind gesture and appealed for more funds from the general public to support the victim.

Joint Military Police Exercise at Ashaiman

17 January 2014. A  joint military police consisted of one hundred and twenty personnel has organised an exercise code  named “Operations Halt” to flash out criminal and illegal land guards on lands belonging to the Tema Development Co operation a real Estate Development Agency.

This comes in the wake of increasing spate of armed robbery cases and nefarious activities of land guards to terrorize innocent people in and around the Tema general area.

Briefing the team on the aims and objectives of operations halt in Adjei Kojo near Ashiaman (Q Farms) on 17 January 2014, the Deputy National Security Coordinator Mr Korsi Degbor said the land guards operated at night as armed robbers disturbing the citizens of the area.

He mentioned that, the land guards who were mostly from Mali, Liberia and Togo had  encroached on about 63 meters square of land belonging to the Tema Development Co operation adding that the exercise will take 21 days to be completed.

The General Officer Commanding Southern Command (GOC) Brig Gen SK Adeti places like Ashiaman, Kpo-Akatamanso and Adenta where the troops will be operating.

He charged the personnel to work as a team and exhibit professionalism in the conduct of the exercise.

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