Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ghana Armed Forces
Veep Commends KAIPTC for its Contribution to Government’s Educational Policy

Commandant KAIPT Brig Gen OB Akwa Welcoming HE Vice President Amissah-Arthur.5 July 2013.   The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has commended the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), for its contribution to the educational policy of the government by training and equipping skilled personnel to enhance the nation’s development. 

HE Amissah-Arthur was speaking at the joint graduation ceremony of 72 students who had successfully completed the Master of Arts in Conflict, Peace and Security and Master of Arts in Gender, Peace and Security, on the Friday, 5 July 2013 at the KAIPTC, Teshie-Accra.

The Commandant of the Centre, Brig Gen Obed Boamah Akwa, in his welcome address said the courses were organised to train and equip the military, police and civilian personnel with skills to effectively promote peace and security on the African continent and beyond. 

He was positive that the courses would aid in building capacity for the security services and the civilian populace at the highest level and thus contribute to the prevention of possible peace and security challenges that may arise on the continent and elsewhere.

Brig Gen Akwa also noted that the centre was vigorously pursuing its new vision to be the internationally preferred centre of excellence for research and training for conflict prevention, management and resolution.

The Guest Speaker for the cereDignitaries and participants in a group photograph.mony, Hon Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, urged the graduands to apply the skills acquired to help identify the signs of potential conflict and assist to fashion out preventive mechanisms and strategies that are relevant to challenging trends.

According to her, the training of participants in Gender, Peace and Security, places a greater responsibility on the graduating class to ensure that gender concerns are mainstreamed at all levels of their profession for holistic and sustainable development.

The former Minister for Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith and Dr Kwesi Aning, Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research of KAIPTC, later presented Master Degree certificates to the graduands.  

Junior Staff Course 60 Students of GAFCSC Graduate.

 Capt Ernest Obese Junior receives the overall best student award from Commodore Albert Addison (rtd).30 June 2013.   Forty Students from the Junior Division of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), course 60, have graduated from the college on 28 June, 2013.

Addressing the graduands, the Guest of Honour for the ceremony, Commodore Albert Bentil Addison (rtd), congratulated the students for achieving such professional excellence and entreated them to pass on the knowledge they have acquired to others and to also enhance the total image and output of their respective Units.

He noted that, the College now runs two Junior Staff Courses instead of the previous one course per year to enable the Ghana Armed Forces clear the backlog of officers who are qualified to undertake the Junior Staff Course.

Commodore Addison urged the graduands to display the highest professional standard wherever they find themselves. He added that training they have undergone had equipped them with the required knowledge and skills to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently at all levels, commensurate with their ranks and qualification.

He seized the opportunity to entreat the leadership of the Armed Forces and GAFCSC not to relent in their efforts to build a more formidable Ghana Armed Forces in order to meet the growing security challenges in the country and the Region.

Awards were given to students who distinguished themselves during the course. Captain Ernest Obese Junior was adjudged the overall best student and received a laptop for his prize.

ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Lauded for Efforts in Containing Crises in the Region

26 June 2013.  The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, HE Mrs Salamatu Hussaini, has lauded the collective efforts made by member countries in resolving the challenging crises in Mali and Guinea Bissau.

According to her, the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), was a clear indication of a common desire in seeking a lasting solution to the security threat confronting the ECOWAS region.

Mrs Suleiman was speaking at the opening session of the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (ECCDS), held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), on 26 June, 2013.

“The ECOWAS Commission is still reaching out to the international community especially the UN, AU, EU and others, so that partners would once again re-engage in supporting the transitional process and the dire reforms required in Mali” she said .

The Commissioner stated that ECOWAS had facilitated the signing of a comprehensive ceasefire agreement between the interim government of Mali and the rebel group, MNLA, which would ultimately pave way for the conduct of elections on 28 July 2013.

HE Mrs  Suleiman entreated the CCDS that whilst addressing the crises in Guinea Bissau and Mali, the Committee should not lose sight of the threats posed by piracy and other maritime threats in the territorial waters of West African countries.

The Commissioner commended the Chairman of the Committee, Lt Gen Soumaila Bakayoko and all the members for their unflinching support and commitment in partnering with the ECOWAS Commission towards addressing the myriads of security challenges in the region.

Ghana‘s Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon. Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, urged members of the ECCDS to support their respective governments to ensure internal security through cooperation amongst the internal security agencies and institutions.

He emphasized Ghana’s commitment to the peace, security and development of the West African Region in particular, Africa and the World in general. “Indeed we have been following with the keen interest, the achievements of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea (ECOMIB). The efforts of that Mission has resulted in relative peace in the country.  However due to participation in several international peace support operations, Ghana has been constrained hence, the inability to contribute considerably to the strength of in some of the recent missions”, he added.

The Chief of the Defence Staff Vice Admiral Quashie in his remarks was hopeful that the 32nd Ordinary Meeting would among other issues, be able to adopt measures to accelerate the re-hating of AFISMA to the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in order to ensure peaceful elections for the Malian people.

He expressed his deepest gratitude to UK, France, the international community and African countries for their speedy intervention in Mali to halt the aggression by terrorist and extremist groups. “This intervention from France paved the way for the deployment of AFISMA and this singular initiative really needs our commendations” he added.

ECCDS Re-affirm Commitment to Ensure Peace and Security in the Region

27 June 2013. The ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (ECCDS), has re-affirmed the commitment to strife towards achieving maximum peace and security in the Region.

The Chairman of the ECCDS, Lt Gen Soumaila Bakayoko, has accordingly challenged members of the Committee to re-double their efforts in resolving conflicts, dealing with maritime security threats and ensuring security sector reforms across the Region.

This was contained in his summary of the deliberations of the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the ECCDS, held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), from 26 - 27 June 2013. The Ordinary Meeting was held on the theme: ‘Enhancing ECOWAS Military Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Development’.

Addressing the closing session, Lt Gen Bakayoko, who is also the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of Cote d’Ivoire, commended Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), for the huge contribution and sacrifices, which have helped stabilize the situation in Mali.

“On behalf of the ECCDS, I also wish to express gratitude to the USA, UK, France, other European Union countries and other stakeholders who have helped in diverse ways and supported AFISMA to contain the situation in Mali”, he added.

The Chairman of the ECCDS however sounding a note of caution that the situation in Mali was still unpredictable and therefore TCCs had more work to do as AFISMA transits into the United Nations Multi-dimensional and Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

“It must be noted that the Malian elections is also scheduled for 28 July 2013. The ECCDS therefore has an obligation to further support and ensure all TCCs and other stakeholders stay committed in ensuring peace and security during this transition period”.

On the security situation in Guinea Bissau, Lt Gen Bakayoko indicated that the ECCDS had noted with satisfaction, the immense progress made towards ensuring stability in that country. He however urged the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB), not to rest in its oars but execute fully, the task of ensuring security sector reforms.

Other important matters that the ECCDS deliberated on were the rise in the incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and terrorism in the West Africa. In this vein, Lt Gen Bakayoko indicated that the ECCDS had resolved to collaborate effectively to curb the menace.

In his concluding remarks, Lt Gen Bakayoko thanked the President of Ghana, HE John Dramani Mahamah and Ghana as a whole for accepting to host the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the ECCDS and the hospitality they had received. He also expressed appreciation to the host CDS, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, the Commandant of KAIPTC and all others who worked towards the success of the meeting.   

GAF to Reposition itself to meet Demands of Contemporary Security.

CDS , Service Chiefs, COS, DGDI and Defence Attaches and Spouses. 23 June, 2013. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie has stated that the Ghana Forces was on a threshold for a massive take – off, aimed at repositioning the military to meet the demands of contemporary security.

The CDS was speaking at the closing ceremony of an Induction Seminar for newly appointed Defence Attache’s (DAs) at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Conference Hall, Burma Camp, on Friday 21 June, 2013.

Vice Admiral Quashie noted that information and communication technology has changed everything including security. “Our strategy to combat threats that emanate thereof will have to be regularly reviewed to cater for possible shortfalls and oversight”, he added.

The CDS also emphasized that the role of the DAs was to fill the military component of the strategies, projects and programmes that Ghana embarks on, in accordance with international best practices.

He urged them to use their inter-personal skills, drive and initiative to achieve his vision for the Ghana Armed Forces. “Let me hasten to add that as a result of your outstanding performances over the period, my expectations of you are very high”, Said the CDS.

The CDS expressed appreciation to the Resource Persons and the Director General Defence Intelligence for their support and well packaged seminar.

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