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GAF Sports Recruits Course 1/2013 Inducted

9 June 2013.    Personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces Sports Recruits Course 1/2013 have been duly inducted into the Service with a call on them to develop the spirit of comradeship and to subject themselves to authority. One hundred and Forty-Six (146)  Recruits were initiated during a colourful induction religious parade on Sunday, 9 June, 2013 at the Army Recruits Training School (ARTS), Shai Hills.

The Director Army Training (DAT), Colonel Thomas Oppong-Peprah described as noble, the decision of the Recruits to serve the nation.  He impressed on them to be highly disciplined, develop the spirit of endurance and motivation to enable them go through the training without any major difficulties.

Col Oppong-Peprah noted; “by taking this stride of sacrifice, there are some of you who may trip during training but I expect your colleagues to show comradeship. Teamwork is very essential in this profession so that together you will achieve the aim for which you are here. As potential sportsmen and women of the Ghana Armed Forces, it is highly expected that you will develop a can-do attitude with the aim of sweeping trophies for the Armed Forces and awards for yourselves,” he said.

Major Yusuf Mensah Shamsudin, the Imam speaking on the theme “Obedience and Sacrifice; the Duty of Man” charged the Recruits to demonstrate utmost sense of obedience to superiors set over them as this constitute the core value of the military.

He said the induction church service served as a legitimate means to initiate them into the Armed Forces. “What you are going through is called military initiation. Just like you go through baptism when you want to embrace Christianity or Islam,” he said

Major Shamsudiin entreated the Recruits to abide by the long standing traditions of the school and also rely on God, exhibit courage, determination, patience and optimism to enable them complete their training.

Captain Rev. Cynthia the Kumitse, the Chaplain also added that the training was aimed at preparing them psychologically to develop the right attitude for the job.  “You are being psyched up for the work of a soldier, but your ability to make it through the training will tell if you can truly belong to the Ghana Armed Forces or not.”

3rd Annual Meeting of the Global Network of National R2P Focal Point held at KAIPTC

11 June 2013. The Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has hosted delegates from 27 countries from five continents in the discussion and exchange of views on the roles of National Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Focal Points in preventing mass atrocities and crimes.  The meeting was held from Tuesday 11 to Wednesday 12 June 2013.

The meeting, the first of its kind in West Africa, was officially opened by Hon Hannah Serwa Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.  The Minister in her remarks noted that it was crucial to hold the meeting in a Region, which has witnessed such atrocities. She said Ghana would utilize the opportunity to develop more control mechanisms in the on-going capacity building in peace-building. 

On his part, the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, emphasized that the theme for the meeting, “Preventing Atrocities; Capacity Building, Networks and Regional Organizations,” should not only stimulate the national interest but also a global commitment to ensure a just and a fairer world by promoting equity and justice.

The R2P Focal Points initiative was launched in 2010 by the governments of Denmark and Ghana with Australia and Costa Rica later joining the facilitating group at a Ministerial meeting in New York. The initiative called upon all governments to appoint a National R2P Focal Point Officer. This senior official was tasked to formulate protective strategies to prevent and halt mass atrocities crimes both nationally and internationally.

According to the Commandant of the Centre, Brig Gen Obed Akwa, the R2P concept contributes to the international community’s ability to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.  He added that the meeting had equipped focal persons with the requisite skills in handling threats to security and preventing atrocities.

Brig Gen Akwa revealed that the Centre in conjunction with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, New York, intends to organize a two-week course on R2P for member states and international organizations later this year.

EU Ambassador to Ghana calls on CDS

 The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) presents plague to the European Union (EU) Ambassador His Excellency Claude Maerten.11 June 2013.  The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Claude Maerten has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie at his office on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 in Burma camp.

The visit was to strengthen the already existing mutual cooperation and partnership between Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and also to assess at possible areas develop news co operations.

Mr Maerten said the EU had decided to build a Maritime Information Training Centre in Ghana to help curb the piracy issues in the Gulf of Guinea. According to him, the Centre with the help of the Regional Maritime University will focus on Maritime Security, Maritime Justice Systems Drug Trafficking through the Gulf of Guinea and Money Laundering among others.

He also expressed concerns about the terrorist threats in the region especially in Mali and Northern Nigeria and discussed the possible ways of dealing with them.

The CDS in his response said, piracy on the high seas had become a global issue that needs to be tackled. He added that, arresting and prosecuting pirates is one of the areas that the country needs help. He said the country also needs intelligence assistance from the EU to solve these issues.

The CDS thanked the Ambassador and the EU for their continuous support and assistance to the country.

Lets work together as a team - Captain (GN) Osei Kontoh

Captain (GN) Osei Kontoh Addressing the Participants12 June 2013.  The Acting Assistant Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) Junior Division, Captain (GN) Osei Kontoh has urged Security Services to work together as a team to manage internal security crises.  Captain (GN) Kontoh was speaking at the closing ceremony of “Exercise Ombudsman” on Tuesday 11 June, 2013 at the College.

The objectives of the Exercise was to practice participant in routine staff work, operational staff work, general staff procedures, interoperability and cooperation among Security Services at the operational level.

The participants were drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces, Police Service, Prisons Service, Fire Service and the Bureau of National Investigations.  During the Exercise, participants were given scenarios bases on security crises and the participants were required to demonstrate how the military collaborations with the other Sister Security Services in Joint Operations during such crises.

Captain (GN) Kontoh commended the Junior Staff Course 60 students and urged the Sister Security Services who took part in this Exercise to inculcate the lessons learnt in their training courses.

Provision of adequate accommodation and quality training are my top priorities - CNS

28-29 May 2013.  The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro has reiterated the need to ensure provision of adequate accommodation and quality training for Officers and Ratings of the Ghana Navy.

The CNS made this remark during his maiden visit to the Western Naval Command, Sekondi on Tuesday 28-29 May 2013.

Speaking at an all ranks durbar at the Sekondi Naval Base, the CNS urged the Naval personnel to also contribute their quota to building a great Navy, by remaining disciplined and exhibiting a high standard of professionalism.

Rear Admiral Biekro also cautioned troops to desist from any illegal activities that may tarnish the image of the Ghana Navy and Armed Forces as a whole.

He added that in a bid to help project the Ghana Navy countrywide there were plans afoot to establish Naval Cadet Corps in the Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

The CNS used the opportunity to congratulate personnel who were due to retire from the service.  He further lauded those personnel and the civilian employees who had served the Ghana Armed Forces for decades with loyalty and commitment.

Real Admiral also advised personnel who had more years to serve to plan well for their families and use their resources judiciously.  “Spend quality time with your family, especially the children and also allow your wives to attend meetings of the Naval Wives Association,  through the sharing of ideas, they may pick up new strategies to support you,” he added.

As part of the two-day visit, the flag officer Commanding WNC, Cdre Godson Zowornoo, accompanied the CNS to inspect ongoing projects in the Command.

The CNS also paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Western Regional Minister, who was representing the Regional Minister.  Rear Admiral Biekro also called on the Municipa Chief Executive of Sekondi-Takoradi, Capt Anthony Cudjoe (rtd) and the Omanhene of the Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketia v.

Accompanying the CNS were the Director of Supply Division  at the Naval Headquarters (NHQ) Cdr Francis Nyarko, the Director Technical Division NHQ, Cdr Wilson Tey  the Assistant  Director for Naval Operations and Intelligence Lt (GN) Paul Attare, the Dep Director Naval Administration Lt Cdr Osei Brobbey and the Assistant  Director Naval Training Lt  (GN) Prosper Korto.

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