Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Ghana Armed Forces
Continue to position Ghana and GAF high globally, -C-in-C

15 August 2012.    The President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), HE John Dramani Mahama, has called on GAF to continue their hard work to position Ghana and GAF at the forefront in the fight against poverty, deprivation, underdevelopment and the peaceful resolution of conflicts globally. 

He said, “we fully appreciate the role that our Armed Forces is playing in keeping internal and international peace.  Your professionalism in peacekeeping missions has made Ghana a household name throughout the world and we should jealously guard and defend this enviable status”.

The President was speaking at his first official engagement outside the Castle after the funeral rites of the late President Prof JEA Mills, as the Guest of Honour at the graduation ceremony for students of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) Course 33, on Wednesday 15 August 2012, at the college auditorium.

He noted that Government was fully appreciative of the important contribution of GAF to the socio-economic development of the country, and was committed to making GAF more effective and efficient through the acquisition of modern equipment. 

The President congratulated the graduands who had been awarded ‘psc’ (passed staff course) and Post Graduate Diploma in Defence and Conflicts Studies, Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy, and Governance and Leadership. 

“I must emphasise that the knowledge gained should equip you to deal with contemporary challenges of our time.  You should be objective and not antagonistic in applying the knowledge that you have acquired,” he told the students.

The C-in-C asked the graduands to be guided by what they had learnt and remember the country was still systematically advancing in its political development and the forthcoming elections would be crucial to its stability, stressing, “you will be required to play your roles professionally and effectively in all your assignments.” 

He called on graduands from sister countries to continuously remember that the training they had received was not an end in itself, but that their various countries would demand returns from the confidence reposed in them by sending them to Ghana to train. 

President Mahama asked them to let the training received be another launch-pad for a better understanding among sister African countries to provide the necessary impetus for regional and sub-regional integration.

The Commandant of the College, Maj Gen Kwesi Yankson, in his address revealed that an initial funding of GH¢350.000.00 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis) has been allocated by GETFund to start the construction of a 50 unit self-contained accommodation facility to support the academic faculty.

This project he noted was a promise by President Mahama, then Vice President at the commissioning of the College’s auditorium on 21 March 2012.

He seised the occasion to congratulate the HE John Dramani Mahama for his elevation to the high office of President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of GAF and also thanked him for accepting to honour their invitation.

Awards were given to students who had distinguished themselves throughout their 11 months of study. Maj Emmanuel Kojo Appiah took the Honour Graduate Award as the overall best student for the Course.

The 61 graduands were made up of 40 Ghanaians (37 military, two police officers and one fire officer) and 21 allied students from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.


Time          Event                        Responsibility   Remark
0600hrs      Viewing by
                 general public             State protocol

1030hrs      Viewing by BAR
                 Association, Old
                 Achimotans Ass,
                 UTAG                         State Protocol

1100hrs      Viewing by Chiefs&
                 Queen Mothers            State Protocol

1130hrs      Viewing by Identifiable
                 Groups                       State Protocol

1900hrs      End of Viewing             State Protocol

1900hrs      Night of Tribute and Prayers

                  a. Open air Congrgational   Hon Elvis Afriyie
                      Vigil Service                  Ankrah/ State Protocol

                 b. Cultural Display at 
                    Forecourt of State House   

2359hrs      c. End of Vigil                     State Protocol



CDS calls for unity among security services

2 August 2012.  The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, has called on personnel of all security services to remain united and work together to sustain peace and stability in the country especially before, during and after the upcoming general elections.

The CDS asked the personnel to always work as a team in order to carry out their duties effectively and thus provide the needed serene atmosphere for the December polls. He was speaking as the guest of honour during the closing ceremony of ‘Exercise Bridget’ (Ex-Bridget) organised by 6 Garrison of the Ghana Armed Forces based in the Northern Region. The event was held at the 6 Infantry Battalion football field in Tamale on Thursday, 2 August 2012.

Lt Gen Blay encouraged security service personnel to be supportive of each other and forge ahead for a common goal of maintaining peace and order in the country. The CDS congratulated participants for exhibiting a high sense of discipline and professionalism and urged them to let it reflect in the discharge of their duties. 

Earlier in his opening remarks, the 6 Garrison Commander, Air Cdre PK Ayisa, said Ex-Bridget was organised with the aim of fostering cooperation, coordination, information flow and support amongst themselves as security personnel of the country.

He said this aim, it was believed, would engender interoperability amongst the security services especially as the nation prepared for the December 2012 general elections.

Air Cdre Ayisa entreated all personnel to display exemplary conduct and be disciplined as they went about their duties.

He added, “during this period, the eyes of the general public would be on us, our sense of professionalism would be challenged and our professed neutrality would be tested. We are therefore cautioned to be extra vigilant from now till the general elections and thereafter”.

Air Cdre Ayisa asked personnel of the security services to let service with honour be their guiding principle as their profession as security personnel enjoined them to be loyal to the State in order to maintain peace and security.

“I must also add that with fortitude and determination to succeed, we shall curve a propitious niche in the eyes of the general public thereby gaining the confidence of our brothers and sisters not in uniform,” he stressed.

As part of activities for the day, representatives from the National Electoral Commission, and the National Commission for Civic Education took the participants through their respective roles and responsibilities before, during and after the December 2012 elections.

The lectures were preceded by a football gala involving members of the security services in the Northern Region.


TIME           EVENT                  RESPONSIBILITY         REMARKS
0700 HRS    Arrival of Family     State Protocol/           Forecourt of 
                 Asafo Groups          GHQ (PR)                 State House
                 Religious Heads
0800 HRS   Arrival of Casket     State Protocol/           Forecourt of 
                                            GHQ (PR)                 State House

0900 HRS   Prayers                  Most Rev Emmanuel   Assisted by Religious 
                                            Asante                      Leaders
0920 HRS   Arrival of CDS,IGP,          State Protocol/ 
                Ministers of Interior/        GHQ (PR)
0930 HRS   Arrival of Vice President         State Protocol/ 
                and Spouse                         GHQ (PR) 
0940 HRS   Arrival of HE the President      State Protocol/  
                and First Lady                       GHQ (PR)   
0950 HRS   Arrival of Widow,                   State Protocol/ 
                HE Dr Naadu Mills                  GHQ (PR) 
                and Son 
a.President and First Lady,                             State Protocol/ 
Vice President and Spouse, Widow and Son       GHQ (PR) 
b. COS/NSA/Ministers of State
c. Madam Speaker and Parliamentary Leadership
d. Chief Justice and Delegation
e. Council of State
f. Ex-President and Spouses/Ex-Vice President
g. NDC Delegation (NEC)
h. Diplomatic Corps
i. Members of Parliament
j. Retired Generals
k. Service Chiefs
l. Representatives of other Political Parties
m. Heads of Religious Bodies 

1300-1900 HRS    Viewing by Public      State Protocol 
1900-2359 HRS    Vigil Night Starts       Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah/
                                                      State Protocol 

Wives of GAF and Police High Command console Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills

30 July, 2012.   A representation of wives of personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces and Police Service have expressed their condolence to the Former First Lady, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills,  and the family of the Late President John Evans Atta Mills, at the demise of the Former President and Commander-in-Chief.

The delegation, led by Mrs Edna Blay, wife of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), this morning called on the Former First Lady at her residence at the Regimanuel Gray Estate at Spintex to console her.

Mrs Blay said they were there to mourn with and express their condolence to the First Lady and also to wish her and the bereaved family the Lord’s guidance and strength through this sad moment.

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