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Ghana Armed Forces
CDS, Security Chiefs discuss Security Issues

4 AugustThe CDS, Vice Admiral M Quashie, the Inspector General of Police, Mr MA Alhassan and some of the Security Chiefs depart after the meeting at the Police Headquarters. 2013.   The Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, has met with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, Acting Director of Prisons, Madam Matilda Baffour-Awauh, Chief Fire Officer, Brig Gen JBE Guyiri and representatives from other Security Services to discuss issues bordering on security ahead of the declaration of the election petition verdict at the Supreme Court.

At a meeting at the office of the IGP at the Headquarters on 30 July 2013, the IGP said since the election petition hearing at the Supreme Court, the Ghana Police Service had being doing its best to maintain law and order and for this reasons he has invited all the Service Chiefs to dialogue on the next line of action before and after the verdict at the Supreme Court.

Mr. Alhassan said the meeting was also to brief the CDS and other Security Heads on the plans the Police Service had put in place to protect lives and properties in the unlikely event of any confusion.  He later disclosed that about 29,670 Police Officers are to be deployed.

COP John Kudalor, Director General of Operations gave a presentation on the theme: Police Preparation to Maintain Law and Order before, during and after the declaration of the 2012 Election Petition.

The CDS on his part called for team building at all times to ensure effective maintenance of peace and security in the country. He disclosed that there will be a route match on 7 August, 2013 to assure the public of the readiness of the security services to protect and maintain law and order in the country.

‘Nursing is an Art’ – CNS

The CNS, Rear Admiral GM Biekro in a group photograph with the Nurses. 3 August 2013.  The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral GM Biekro has noted that nursing was an art which required an exclusive devotion.

He explained that as meticolous as a painter or sculptor would embark on his work, Nurses had to apply the same zeal in the provision of their services.

The CNS made these statements at the opening ceremony of the Military Nightingale’s Week celebration on Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 at the 37 Military Hospital Officer’s Mess.  The celebration was on the theme “Nursing in the 21st Century; The Role of the Military Nurse”.

Rear Admiral Biekro commended all the Nurses in the hospital and said it marked the first time that Nurses of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) were celebrating the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, as a group.

He reminded everyone that Florence Nightingale was a person who raised the stature of nursing from an unskilled profession to a medical profession and it was worth noting that modern nursing started on the battlefield with her, which was a reflection of what uniformed nurses did.

“Celebrating such heroes and heroines is very important as it is said that a nation that does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for. Indeed, you are all worthy of being celebrated because of the invaluable contributions you have made for the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Service and the nation as a whole”, he added.

As part of the celebration there will be workshops, seminars and awards for some Nurses for their dedication and selflessness to the profession.

CNS Familiarizes himself with activities along the Volta Lake

31 July 2013.   The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro has urged Naval Ratings deployed along the Volta Lake to remain professional and discharge their duties effectively.

The CNS entreated the Ratings when he paid a two-day working visit to the Naval Detachment which is monitoring and enforcing regulations governing transportation on the Volta Lake.

The working visit which, was conducted from Thursday 25 to Friday, 26 July 2013,was to enable the CNS ascertain the activities along the Lake, challenges facing the Detachment and also to interact with the Chiefs of the Communities along the Lake.

The visit commenced from  Dzemeni where the CNS paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Tongu Traditional Area, TogbuiAsuoKwesi IV and then to Torkor and Abotoa where he met with TogbuiDakodo VII and Nana Kwame Asante II respectively.

In separate discussions, the Chiefs expressed their appreciation to the CNS and the detachment for their zeal and professionalism towards work. They expressed readiness to offer any assistance to the detachment for the extension of their duties.

In KeteKrachi, the CNS and his entourage held a meeting with the District Chief Executive, Hon Moses Kwame Bonye and the Traditional Council headed by Nana Mewamele Abroah II.

The next point of call was Yeji, where the delegation held a discussion with the District Assembly and the Traditional Council. Issues of internal security were discussed with both parties promising to support the on-going peace efforts.

Rear Admiral Biekro also met with boat owners and fishermen whom he advised to take necessary precautions to avert boat disasters. He also lauded the chiefs and people for their support to the detachment.

The members of the CNS’s delegation were: Commodore StevenDarbo, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Commander Nyarko, Director Supply Division, Lieutenant Commander Kweku Bimpong, Acting Command Operations Officer of the Eastern Naval Command, Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO), Homatekpor Thaddeus, Master Coxswain of the Ghana Navy and Fleet Chief Petty Officer (FCPO),  Atidigah Eric, Command Coxswain of the Eastern Naval Command.

ECOBANK Ghana Donates GH¢279,000 to Ghana Navy

1The CNS, Rear Admiral GM Biekro receiving the cheque from the Managing Director, Mr Samuel Ashitey Adjei. August 2013.  The Managing Director, Ecobank Ghana Ltd, Mr. Samuel Ashitey Adjei has donated a cheque amount of GH¢279,000 to the Ghana Navy towards the renovation of the Navy Wardroom. He made a donation on behalf of the bank to the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro on Thursday, 1 August, 2013 at the Naval Headquarters in Burma Camp.

The donation was in fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility and also to enhance the mutual cooperation between Ecobank Ghana Ltd and the Ghana Navy

Mr Ashitey noted that Ecobank had enjoyed the support of the Chief of the Naval Staff during his tenure of office as Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters in Burma Camp. He was hopeful that the relationship would be strengthened and congratulated Rear Admiral Biekro on his assumption to the high office of CNS.

Additionally, he took the opportunity to discuss issues bothering on business and strategies to help solve some of the problems facing the Navy.

On his part the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, congratulated Ecobank for being adjudged “Bank of the year 2012”. He also lauded the bank for the kind gesture and hoped that the cooperation between the two institutions would be sustained.

Accompanying the Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana were: Mr. Edward Botchway, Chief Finance Officer, Ecobank Ghana Ltd, Ms. Elizabeth Otoo, Branch Manager and Mrs. Araba Asare-Ellis, Relationship Officer of the Burma Camp Branch.

Lt Col Arnaud Creze is new French Liaison Officer in Accra

The incoming French Liaison Officer, Lt Col Arnaud Creze (first left), the outgoing French Liaison Officer Lt Col Charles Miquel (middle) and the CDS, Vice Admiral Mattew Quashie (first right) in interaction.30 July 2013.   The out-going French Liaison Officer in Accra, Lt Col Charles Miquel and the in-coming French Liaison Officer, Lt Col Arnaud Creze, have paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie at his office in Burma Camp on Wednesday, 24 July, 2013.

The visit was to officially inform the CDS on the expiration of his term of office and also to introduce to him, the in-coming liaison officer.

Vice Admiral Mathew thanked the outgoing French Liaison Officer for his immense contribution to the development of the GAF during his tenure of office and the role he played as the Course Coordinator at KAIPTC which he said, had facilitated an increase in the number of overseas courses for GAF.

The CDS also welcomed the in-coming French Liaison Officer, Lt Col Arnaud Creze, who said he was very happy and eager to begin his international duty in Ghana.  He promised to emulate the good works of his predecessor.

In a related development, the UK Minister for International Security Strategy, Dr Andrew Murrison (MP) has paid a courtesy call on the CDS. The call created the platform for the two to discuss matters relating to maritime security along the Gulf of Guinea.

Other issues discussed centred on the UK’s assistance to the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) now United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and plans to enhance the relations between the British Military and GAF.

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