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Ghana Armed Forces
“OBRONI” Complex Commissioned in Tamale
News

24 June 2016. The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, has commissioned a 320-capacity accommodation unit for Air Force Personnel at the Air Force Base, Tamale, on Friday 24, June 2016.


In a speech read on behalf of the CDS, Air Vice Marshal Nagai commended the Base Commander, Air Commodore GS Evans, popularly addressed as “Obroni”, the Officers, Men and Civilian Employees of the Tamale Air Force Base, for the pivotal role they played towards the completion of the project.


The 82-room housing project, according to the CDS is expected to accommodate young Air Men and Women to enable the Base develop on its operational readiness and to meet the objectives of Command. It is also aimed at reducing the huge accommodation deficit in the Ghana Armed Forces to the barest minimum thereby improving on GAF’s operational capabilities.

He charged the Personnel especially those earmarked to occupy the newly commissioned complex to take very good care of the facility and adopt a high maintenance culture to ensure longevity of the complex. He again urged personnel to be disciplined, professional and vigilant in the performance of their duties especially towards the November general elections.


The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Nagai in later remarks expressed appreciation to the CDS. “This ceremony we are witnessing would have come to naught had it not been for the personal intervention of the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Marshal Michal Samson-Oje, who in diverse ways ensured the success of the project” He said.

 

 
446 ARMY RECRUITS PASS OUT
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Release No.48      July 2012

The Director General Joint Operations at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) General Headquarters, Brig Gen Daniel K Mishio, has cautioned young soldiers to distance themselves from partisan politics and focus on training to defend the State against all forms of threats, whether internal or external.
Brig Gen Mishio was speaking as the Reviewing Officer at the passing out parade of 446 recruits of Basic Infantry Training Course 1/12 at the Army Recruits Training School (ARTS), Shai Hills, on Thursday 5 July 2012.

He noted, “You will be called upon, during the fourth coming elections and in collaboration with other stakeholders to provide security to ensure free, fair and transparent election. Remember that your performance of these tasks will require that you remain politically neutral and impartial, but fair and firm”.

He advised the young soldiers not to see their new career as an opportunity to constitute themselves into unauthorised law enforcement agencies, adding that unless they were under clear orders from their superior authority, they had no business undertaking debt collection, guarding lands or settling personal disputes without recourse to due process of the law.

Brig Gen Mishio asked them to be mindful of being lured by their own relatives and friends to undertake ventures that were illegal.

He reminded them of their oath to bear true and faithful allegiance to the Republic of Ghana and obey the orders of His Excellency the President of the Republic and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The Reviewing Officer further asked the young soldiers to rise to the defence of the Constitution and always abide by the laws of the State including those of the Armed Forces.

The 446 young soldiers, all male, were taken through 23 weeks of training in drills, weapon handling and marksmanship, minor tactics, field craft and physical training. Additionally, they learnt military law, military history, first aid, map reading and junior leadership.

At the end of their training, Recruit Warrant Officer Damesi Israel Wisdom was adjudged the best all round recruit. He took three out of ten prizes at stake.

Signed

E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Lieutenant Colonel
for Director Public Relations

 
REMAIN ABSOLUTELY NEUTRAL- CHIEF OF STAFF
Press Release

GHANA ARMED FORCES
 
Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241      Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Release No.38    June 2012           

The Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Commodore GM Biekro, cautioned troops to maintain their neutrality as we draw close to this year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections. He emphasised that as soldiers, it was very important that we do not abuse the confidence reposed in the Armed Forces by the state. He was speaking during separate durbars with troops in Tamale, Yendi and Bawku when he paid a four day working visit to 6 Garrison Units between 11th and 15th June 2012 on a fact-finding mission.

The Chief of Staff disclosed that plans were far advanced to establish a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in the Western Region as part of measures to ensure security in the catchment areas of the oil fields. He  also disclosed  that two  new Diamond Aircrafts and four Helicopters have been acquired for surveillance and search and rescue operations in the country.

The Chief of Staff hinted that government has given the approval for the construction of 600 and 500 bed medical facilities at 37 Military Hospital and Kumasi Garrisons respectively.

He said as part of the Armed Forces modernization drive, an ultra modern pension house has been built in Burma Camp to administer retired service personnel in order to prevent the hustle they go through before accessing their pension benefits.

In another development, the Chief of Staff and his entourage paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Moses Bukari Magbenga in Tamale. The Minister commended the troops deployed in the region for their selflessness and devotion to duty. He acknowledged that but for the timely intervention of the military,- the recent violence in certain parts of the region would have slipped out of control. He urged the military to be proactive and avert such clashes in the future especially as we approach this year’s general elections.

The climax of the visit was the call on the Regent of Yendi, Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakuku Andani at the Naa Gbewaa-Palace. The Regent expressed concern about the numerous conflicts in the country saying “You know the conflict areas; you therefore need to concentrate your efforts in those areas”.  He appealed to the Military High Command to ensure that troops deployed in Yendi were well equipped to make them more effective.

The Chief of Staff later called on the Municipal Chief Executive of Bawku, Hon Musah Abdulai to express his appreciation for his support for troops deployed in Bawku
Cdre Biekro was accompanied by the General Officer Commanding Northern Command, Brigadier General Richard Opoku- Adusei, the Director General, Joint Operations, Brigadier General Daniel Mishio, Director General, Personnel Administration, Brigadier General BG Saagbul, Director of Lands at the Department of Logistics, Colonel Osabutey and other senior officers from the General Headquarters.
Signed

FK AMPOBI
Major
for Director Public Relations

 

 
Ghana Navy gets new ship
News

24 June 2016. The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Sun Baohong has pledged to support the Government of Ghana in its quest to enhance maritime security by providing a vessel to the Ghana Navy.

Mrs Sun Baohong made this known when she presented documents of the proposal to the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo on Friday 24 June, 2016 at the Naval Headquarters, Burma camp.

Accepting this noble offer, Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo (CNS) expressed his gratitude for the kind gesture, saying it will facilitate the fight against the challenges faced at sea especially with the Gulf of Guinea becoming a major oil extraction spot making it prone to oil theft, piracy and robbery at sea.

He took the opportunity to express concerns and challenges faced by personnel of the Ghana Navy who embark on further studies and training programmes in China and asked for further interventions by the Chinese government.

Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo expressed his sincere gratitude for the visit by the Chinese Ambassador and her entourage and noted with optimism the successful and lasting relationship between the two nations.

 
CDS INAUGURATES TWO PROJECTS AT MATS
Press Release

GHANA ARMED FORCES

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Release No. 18 20 April 2012

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay inaugurated two projects; the Buchanan Conference Hall and the Aryiku Officer’s Mess at the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) at Teshie in Accra on Friday 20 April 2012.

The Buchanan Conference hall was formerly a Junior Division Block for training officers. It also served as a training block for cadets and was formerly known as the Myohaung Hall.  Troops from Ghana played an instrumental role in the annexing of Buchanan, a town in Liberia during the ECOMOG War. The Conference Hall which has a capacity of one hundred seats, was thus renovated and named the Buchanan Conference Hall in recognition of the gallant role of Ghanaian peacekeepers in Buchanan, Liberia.

The second project which was the Army Combat Training School Officers Mess was named after the late Major General Aryiku who was once the Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. CDS cut the tape to officially inaugurate the mess together with Mrs Marian Aryiku, the wife of the late Major General Aryiku.

During a briefing for the CDS, Lt Col Asare, the General Staff Officer Grade One (GSOI) of MATS discussed some challenges facing the unit.  He also requested for assistance to complete some on-going projects which include repair works at the Demo Lines and the construction of a Conference Hall for MATS. In his response, the CDS promised to do his best to ensure that the challenges were addressed.  He inspected on-going construction of the MATS Conference Hall.

The MATS Commandant, Rear Admiral MM Tahiru expressed his gratitude to the CDS for his support over the years. He appealed to the CDS to continue to support MATS towards the attainment of their goals as they strive to provide quality training for personnel in` the Ghana Armed Forces. 


Signed

VA ARHIN
Lieutenant Commander 
for Director Public Relations

 
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