Friday, July 1, 2016
Ghana Armed Forces
General Officer Commanding’s Christmas and End–Of–Year Goodwill Message
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GOC, Brigadier General  JA Boampong.1.    Once again, a full year is coming to a successful end by divine providence.  As we prepare to celebrate yet another yuletide and welcome a New Year, we owe a debt of gratitude and appreciation to our Maker for His bounteous grace that has taken us through another eventful year.  I wish to extend my warmest felicitations and best wishes of joy, peace and goodwill to all ranks, civilian employees and families of the Central/Northern Commands.

2.    Christmas being the end of a period, offers us the opportunity to take stock of our past achievements and challenges and make projections for the future.  Our participation in Op CALMLIFE contributed in maintaining an appreciable level of security in the cities and towns within our AOR.  Our efforts in other operations including Op HALT I & II, Op SAFE, Op SITDOWN LOOK, Op GONGONG and Op SILVERSTAR have made positive impacts on national security. I wish to commend all troops for your loyalty, vigilance, integrity and professionalism that has enabled us to maintain the much needed peace and security within and along the borders of our dear country.  I also commend our dear wives for their dedication, support and hard work in keeping our homes whiles we were out on operations.

3.    Despite the financial and logistics constraints, the Command made positive efforts in training personnel to meet the required operational standards. This year, the Command participated effectively in Ex TIGER’S PATH and Army Inter-Formation Sports Competition.  We contributed about 60% of the total Army team for the Inter-Service Sports Competition.  Our Civil-Military relation has also been commendable.  Issues of abuse of human rights should be resisted and relegated to the background even in the face of extreme provocations.

4.    As we enter the New Year, challenges should be expected along the way.  The up-coming retirement of the 1990 Year Group in March next year, will leave a human resource gap, which must be quickly filled.  It behoves on all personnel to prepare and psyche yourselves appropriately for the task ahead.  For those of you who may find yourselves in leadership roles, endeavour to develop yourselves to fill the gap and live up to expectation.  Again, election 2016 will be a major challenge in 2016.  It is the time where our integrity and professionalism will be put to the test.  I entreat all personnel under Command to carry out their duties during the elections with extreme caution, integrity and high level of professionalism to hold in high esteem our heritage as a professional Army.

5.    While we celebrate Christmas and New Year let us continue to be vigilant, alert and alive to our responsibilities.  It is only through this that our country can develop in peace, devoid of fear and uncertainties.  Let us also spare a thought for our comrades-in-arms who paid the ultimate price with their lives in the line of duty.  We honour their memory and pray that their families left behind may find the strength and fortitude to continue their good works.  In the spirit of comradeship, I entreat all ranks to extend a special hand of goodwill to the families of our departed colleagues during this festive season.   

6.    Ayekoo for a good job done in 2015, my expectation is that the year 2016 will bring all of us good tidings and hope for the better future.  Let me take this opportunity to wish all Officers, Men, Women, Civilian Employees and Families of the Spears Fraternity, a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.  May the good Lord bless us all.           

Signed

JA BOAMPONG                                     
Brigadier General
General Officer Commanding

 
GMA holds Junior Steeple Chase
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3 December 2015. The Ghana Military Academy (GMA) has held the inter-platoon junior steeple chase competition for Standard Military Course 56 at the Physical Training Square, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Thursday, 3 December, 2015.

The platoon was divided into three namely, the Abyssinia Platoon, Burma Platoon and Chiringa Platoon respectively.  All cadets took part in the competition and each cadet scored points for his or her platoon.

Chiringa Platoon emerged as the winner with 311 points, followed by Abyssinia Platoon with 330 points and Burma Platoon with 420 points. The platoon who scored the least number of points won the competition.

The overall best female went to O/Cdt Chako F; first position went to O/Cdt Mohammed FI, second went to O/Cdt Mensah KK and third went to O/Cdt Lodo RD.

The Guest of Honour, Air Commodore JYM Nyadodui expressed his joy for such a wonderful display of competition among the cadets. He congratulated the winning platoon and commended all the cadets especially the females for taking part in such a difficult competition.

He noted that, the competition had demonstrated the need for leaders to be physically and mentally fit. He added that, the tenets of team work and esprit-de-corps have also been demonstrated and these tenets were important in the profession and must be maintained.

He also revealed that, the competition covered a distance of 8 kilometers through challenging terrain and obstacles. This was to test the stamina and endurance of the competitors.

Air Commodore Nyadodui seized the opportunity to advise the cadets to take the training seriously since it was going to help them in the long run. Again he urged them to maintain the level of fitness they have achieved.

 
Sod-cutting and presentation of computers take place at Barwah Barracks Basic Schools.
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Gp Capt Adu- Gyamfi giving the key note address.18 November 2015. The Officer Commanding Flying Wing at the Air Force Base Tamale, Gp Capt Nana Adu- Gyamfi on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 on behalf of the Garrison Commander, Air Commodore GS Evans cut sod to commence the construction of a three-unit classroom block, library, ICT centre and staff common room for the Barwah Barracks JHS and washroom facilities for the nursery/kindergarten school.

An initiative of the Garrison Commander, the project when completed will improve upon the current infrastructure of the school. The three unit classroom block will also go a long way to provide the much needed classrooms for the ever growing population of the school which currently stands at 780 students and 23 teachers. Ironically, the school established in the 1970s was to serve the children of servicemen currently has over 60 percent of its students coming from nearby communities surrounding the barracks. 

The Donated ComputersIn addition to the sod-cutting ceremony, Prefos Company Limited, donated 10 computers and accessories valued at Twenty-Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH ¢25,000.00) to the school.

Speaking on behalf of the Managing Director, Madam Philomena Owusu-Ansah, the Human Resource Manager, said it was in fulfillment of the company’s corporate social responsibility to come to the aid of needy schools and to also ensure that students have access to ICT education. She urged the students to take an active interest in ICT and the teachers to ensure that the computers were put to maximum use.

Gp Capt Adu -Gyamfi receives the computers on behalf of the Garrison from Prefos Company Ltd.Giving the key note address, Gp Capt Adu-Gyamfi noted that it was important to facilitate education by ensuring that learning was done not only in a conducive environment but also the provision of other important facilities to enhance teaching and learning. He cited Chapter 5, article 25 of the 1992 constitution which states that, “All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to achieving the full realization of that right”.

Gp Capt Adu-Gyamfi also noted that teaching should go beyond what was in the text books to solving most of life’s greatest puzzles. He however admonished the teachers to ensure that the computers were used for the intended purposes and bemoaned the recent involvement of students in internet fraud locally known as “Sakawa”.

 
Drill and Duties Course 2-15 Ends
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3 December 2015. A total of fifty-one personnel have graduated from the Advance Drill and Duties Course 2-15 at the Drill and Duties Training School, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Teshie on Thursday, 3 December, 2015.

The graduants consisted of 43 personnel from the Army, three from the Navy, three from the Air Force and two from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

The twelve (12)-week-course was run for selected Warranted Officers (WO), Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) and its equivalent ranks from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

The aim of the course was to equip personnel with an up to date knowledge in drill. It emphasized on the ability of the students to instruct in drill and be able to organize ceremonial parades at all levels. It also aimed at broadening their outlook in matters of general knowledge in unit administration and the norms of the profession.

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

The reviewing officer, Director General International Peace Support Operation (GHQ), Brig Gen KA Yeboah stated that, the need for professional and matured WOs and SNCOs has never been greater than it was now in view of the increasing complexity of society, crime and modern warfare.

He noted the hierarchy of the security services; particularly GAF has traditionally and truly depended on drill and duties graduants as an indispensable link between the officer corps and the junior ranks.

He said discipline is the foundation on which every society is built and for the security institutions under no circumstance should they compromise on it.

“I therefore entreat you to go and serve as ethical standard bearers and lead your subordinates by personal example. It is the only effective way to exercise moral authority over them and there are no short cuts to this rule’’, he added.

He reminded the graduants that as SNCOS, they are an important part of the chain of command and must always be aware of the indispensability of their contributions to command and control; and other crucial leadership roles they play in their respective services.

Brig Gen Yeboah challenged the graduants to lead by example, to enforce the highest standards of discipline in whichever capacity they would find themselves in.

He therefore seized the opportunity to congratulate them for successfully completing the course and implored them to bring their achievement to bear in their service, by sharing the additional knowledge and experience they have gained from each other.

 
Annor Adjaye Senior High gets Admin Complex
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon Hannah Tetteh has commissioned a new Administration, Library, and internet cafe Block for the Annor Adjaye Senior High School in Ezinlibo in the Jomoro District of the Western Region on Saturday 14 November 2015.

The Block which was put up through the effort of a group kwon as General Blay and Friends was in response to a special appeal made by the school in 2011 for assistance to enable the school bridge the IT gap among students.

The group comprising Ghana Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay (rtd) and some prominent personalities from Jomoro, have been giving back to the community through various projects especially in the field of education.

In her speech, Hon Hannah Tetteh, commended the efforts being made by Gen Blay and his Friends in promoting education in the community. She noted that, the old students, headmaster, teachers, parents and students of Annor Adjaye High School have an obligation to come together and develop the school through any means within their capabilities to help promote development within Ezinlibo. She also urged the students not to underestimate themselves but put in more efforts so as to realize their full potentials.

The Minister later cut a tape and unveiled a plaque to signify the Administration Block duly commissioned for the school.

In a related development, the Deputy Minister for Communication, Hon Felix Ofosu Kwakye commissioned a new radio station; Hope 107.1 FM in the community. The radio station which was established by Lt Gen Blay is to serve as a medium of information and education to aid the people of Jomoro and Nzemaland in general to strive for excellence in their individual endeavours, thereby contributing effectively to national development.

Among the dignitaries present were Awulae Angama Attugyan President of Nzema Maanle Council, Awulae Annor Adjei Paramount Chief of Jomoro, Dr Sipa Yankey CEO Ghana Gas Company, amongst others.

 
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