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Nigerian Defence Advisor Calls on COAS

7 July 2015 . The Nigerian Defence Advisor (DA,) Col Mathias Oyimeibi Erebulu accompanied by his deputy, Lt Col Adeleye Taofik Lawal paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at his office in Burma Camp.

The visit was to enable Col Mathias Oyimeibi familiarize himself with the current developments in  Ghana Armed Forces, aimed at  strengthening the bilateral ties between the two Armed Forces during his short stay in Ghana.

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei thanked the DA for the gesture and assured him of his readiness to support at all times.  Since Ghana and Nigeria are neighbours, he indicated that, their friendliness over the years has culminated in engaging in Special Courses, exchange programmes and joint training that has enhanced collaboration between the two countries.  

Col Erebulu on his part, expressed his solidarity to COAS for the warmly hospitality accorded him and reaffirmed his support.
Present also at the meeting were senior officers at the Army Headquarters.

A Two Storey Islamic School Complex to be built by Al Aziz Mosque

July 3, 2015.   The Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Issifu Sakib Kadiri on Friday July 3, 2015 cut sod for the commencement of a two –storey Islamic school complex at the premises of the Al Aziz Mosque at Burma Camp, Accra.
The two-storey school complex which is an initiative of the Al Aziz Islamic Mosque Committee will comprise of six classrooms on each floor together with a play- ground and a gymnasium.

The Air Vice Marshal Kadiri in his remarks highlighted that the initiative to build the school was as a result of the difficulties encountered by Moslem students of both service and non- service personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces and its environs.   AVM Kadiri said currently the Muslim students attend teachings at the Base Workshop School which he said creates inconvenience for them due to the inadequate classrooms for studies.

He showed his gratitude and support for the commencement of the project and noted that the complex, when completed will provide some spiritual upbringing for the children.

Present also at the ceremony were the Defence Financial Controller (DFC) Brig Gen Abdulai Enusah, Chief of Staff at the Army Headquarters Brig Gen Abu  Alhassan, former Director General logistics Air Commodore Abbass (rtd), chairman of the Mosque Committee Col Abubakari Issaku, Director Research and Administration  Internal Peace Support Operation (IPSO) Col Abase Seidu, Director Manpower Planning Lt Col Salifu Yehuza, Service DFC at Support Service Brigade Group Lt Cdr Adam Lawani and the Chief Iman of the Al Aziz Mosque Sheik Maj Alhaji Shamsudeen.

Indian DA calls on COMDT MATS

Indian DA presents a souvenir to the Commandant MATS21 January 2015.      The Indian Defence Advisor (DA), Naval Captain Gautam Marwaha has paid a courtesy call on the Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Rear Admiral Akoto Bonsu at his office on Wednesday, 21 January, 2015.

Rear Admiral Bonsu expressed gratitude for the call and said until last December the schools under MATS command was fourteen but was now eleven schools. The Jungle Warfare, Drill and Duties and the Army Combat Training Schools had been handed over to the newly established Army Training Command (ATRAC).

He noted that MATS command was looking forward to collaborate and share ideas with the Indian Training Command to identify certain areas of training for the personnel.

He noted that the training of instructors and students were very vital to MATS as well as the Officer Cadets.  He hoped there would be more exchange programmes in the area of training even though the Indian Armed Forces (IAF) has been doing so much for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). 

The Commandant also touched on the subject of courses for Instructors and hoped the IAF would create more opportunities for training to help and improve the training quality of personnel.  

Naval Capt Marwaha said the IAF had drawn a reciprocal programme for personnel in terms of training, visits and courses.  He said the IAF wished to deepen the already existing ties with GAF as a whole and discussions had been held with the Defence Minister, CDS and Service Chiefs   to see the way forward.

You Have Started Well and I Urge You to Maintain the Momentum - Gen OB Akwa

6 February 2015. The Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Maj Gen Obed Boamah Akwa praised personnel of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Ghana Engineer Company three (GHANENGCOY 3) and Ghana Aviation one (GHAV 1) for hard work, comportment and professionalism in the discharge of their duties in Mali. He added that without discipline no military can win wars and urged the troops not to relax on their oars but to maintain the high standard set.

Maj Gen OB Akwa was addressing a joint All Ranks durbar of GHANENGCOY 3 and GHAV 1 at the MINUSMA Transit Camp shortly after attending an Annual Commandants Training Centre’s of Excellence Conference of ECOWAS in Bamako Mali on 6 February 2015. He disclosed that the Commandants Training Centre’s of Excellence Conference was used to discuss matters of mutual benefits to ECOWAS members adding that the next conference scheduled for 2016 will be hosted at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra.

Touching on the Ebola Virus, Gen Akwa said even though Mali has been declared as Ebola Free State, troops should be cautious not to involve themselves in acts that would endanger their lives.  He briefed the soldiers about efforts being made by the government to solve the energy crisis at home and said the soldiers should educate their families on the need to conserve energy in the barracks. He assured the troops that the government would provide all the necessary equipment to enable them execute their assigned tasks as professional soldiers.

Earlier on his arrival at the MINUSMA Transit Camp Senou near Bamako, Maj Maxwell Komla Appoh and Sqr Ldr Laatey Ayeh, Officer Commanding of GHANENGCOY 3 and Officer Commanding Rear of GHAV 1 comprehensively briefed the team on the activities of their units after which the team was conducted round the Camp.

Among his entourage were, Col Adu Brempong, Course Director  KAIPTC, Dr Kwesi Anning, Director Academic Affairs and Research KAIPTC, Ms Horname Noagbesenu, Director for Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Capt Ibrahim Ali, Aide-de- camp to the Commandant, KAIPTC.           

Training, Key to Success - Maj Gen Abdulai (rtd)

Maj Gen Abdulai inspects a Quarter Guard before the 1 Signal WASSA.16 January 2015.  The former Commandant of Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Maj Gen Amadu Kardo Abdulai has urged personnel of the 1 Signal Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces to remain resolute in safeguarding the peace, security and territorial integrity of Ghana.

Maj Gen Abdulai said all nations require peace and stability for sustained growth and national development. These he said are conditions that can only be met with a secure and safe environment, the preserve of the Armed Forces in collaboration with other security services.  He said this at the annual celebration of West Africa Soldiers Social Activities (WASSA) on Friday 16 January 2015.

Maj Gen Abdulai added that, sophisticated modern equipment will be useless without well trained personnel to man and operate them. “Training is bloodless war and war is bloody training” he emphasised.

The Director of Communications, Col Alobawone, asked for God’s protection for the Taskforce led by the Commanding officer, Signal Training School (STS) Lt Col Amisah Mensah currently serving with the United Nation Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).

Awards presented to hard working personnel.Col Alobawone congratulated all ranks for their performance and urged them to raise the standard higher this year. Present at the occasion were, Commander Support Service Brigade, Brig Gen Mussah Whajah, the Acting Commanding Officer of 1 Signal Regiment, Maj Godwin Azera, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) Mr Kofi Attoh, Senior Officers both serving and retired among many other dignitaries.

Awards were presented to the best department and other personnel who outstandingly performed their duties with diligence, competence and hard work.

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