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GAF promotes local agriculture among its personnel

Mr John Donkor stocking the pond with the fingerlings5 September 2012.  In an effort to encourage and promote local agriculture activities in the country and particularly within the military, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has taken delivery of 3000 fingerlings from the Aquarium Marshall Company to stock its fish pond located at GHQ (Camp), on Wednesday, 5 September 2012.

According to the Acting Camp Commandant, General Headquarters, Maj George Eli Afful, GAF, aside its constitutional mandate to defend and protect the territorial integrity of the country, GAF also wishes to encourage its personnel and the citizenry at large to cultivate the culture of maintaining small scale farming and thus grow and eat our own staples.

He noted that GAF had always sought to promote the culture of getting its troops to engage themselves in agriculture and was hopeful the move by the GHQ itself would go a long way to serve as motivation for the troops.

To ensure the survival of the fingerlings and sustainability of the project, Major Afful stated that the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, who has taken personal interest in the project, has directed the Support Services Brigade Group of GAF to provide water supply to ensure frequent changing of water in the pond.

He said that previous attempts at this same project failed, as it did not receive the needed attention, the situation he was hopeful, this time around was going to change with the keen interest of the CDS himself.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aquarium Marshall, an aquaculture company based in Accra, Mr John Donkor, who presented the fingerlings, said that they would monitor the progress of the project by visiting the site regularly, weighing the growth of the fingerlings and also give the quantity of needed feed.

This he said was to ensure utmost maintenance of the project and the realisation of the dream of GAF. He added the fingerlings hopefully would be ready for harvest in six months’ time.

United States Defence Attaché calls on CDS

Lt Col Keith Blakely in a hand shake with the CDS, Lt Gen PA Blay11 September 2012.   The Defence Attaché of the United States of America (DA USA), Lt Col Keith Blakely, on Tuesday 11 September 2012, paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, in his office, to invite him to host an impending Exercise, code named “Exercise Western Accord 13”.

The Exercise he said was scheduled to take place at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), from 17 to 28 June 2013.

Lt Col Blakely led a three-man delegation which included, Lt Col Michael Ries, from African Command (AFRICOM) and Maj John Vanstenburg, officer in charge of security operations at the office of the Defence Attaché.

He also took the opportunity to introduce some newly appointed officers to the CDS and also delivered their request in respect of the exercise.

In his response, the CDS welcomed the delegation and said, “this meeting is an opportunity to generate how much we appreciate our association”. He further expressed the hope that such interactions would make the relationship between Ghana and the USA positive and strong. “We are ready to provide partnership requirements and support”, he assured.

Lt Gen Blay called on the DA to use his office to assist in the early completion of the main junction of the Accra-Aflao road leading to the Bundase Training Camp.

He also requested the assistance of the DA to help with the provision of rifles for the Camp, a situation he noted had been a problem for some time.


Volta Regional Minister lauds security services

24 August 2012.     The Volta Regional Minister, Honourable Henry Ford Karmal, has lauded efforts of the security services in the region especially during the recent impasse between Muslims and non-Muslim native youth of the Hohoe township.

Honourable Karmal who was speaking as the guest of honour at the 7 Garrison’s turn of Exercise Bridget (Ex Bridget), acknowledged the good conduct and the professional manner with which the security services handled the situation and helped to retain peace in the district.

He noted that Ex Bridget was a very significant programme with its purpose of bringing the security services in the Volta Region together to deliberate on security issues and work as a team to see to the sustenance of peace in the country.

The Minister urged commands of the 66 Artillery Regiment and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to come out with more of such programmes which would bring the security services and the civil public together to interact.

He recounted several instances where he received guidance and counseling from the security services on the different ways of handling issues that bothered on security in the region.

The Director General of Joint Operations and Plans, Brig Gen Daniel K Mishio informed the gathering the preparation the military high command was putting in place to make the 2012 general elections a success.

He said there were acquisition of new vehicles fitted with communication gadgets among others to facilitate good communication among troops who would be deplored to the region to help in the electoral process.

The various heads of the security agencies within the region also took turns to outline their plans and preparations towards the same course.

This years’ Ex Bridget was as part of activities in preparation towards the up-coming general elections in December.

The exercise saw participants drawn from the various sister security agencies within the Volta Region beside officers and men from 66 Artillery Regiment. There were participants from the Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana Immigration Service and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Service.

Prior to the games, the Deputy Volta Regional Director of Electoral Commission, Mr Selormey Dogbey Adukpo, took the personnel through the role of the security services in the general elections. He said the security services would be expected to protect the ballot boxes, ballot papers, and other election materials and also maintain law and order during voting and collation of ballots among others.

He urged them to seek clearance when the need arose from the appropriate quarters to clear all doubts and also when they were confronted with challenges.

Other personalities at the event were the Chief of Staff, General Headquarters, Cdre Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, General Officer Commanding, Southern Command, Brig Gen Matthew K Ahiaglo, Director General Training, Cdre Stephen K Darbo and the Forces Sergeant Major, CWO D Adu-Yaw.


Renew your commitment to the pursuit of peace- Lt Gen Smith

August 2012.     The Minister for Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith (rtd), has called on Muslims to renew their commitment to the pursuit of internal and world peace and preach unity and forgiveness which were the spirit of Eid. He said these were important messages now and will remain so long into the future.

The Minster said this in a message read on his behalf by the Chief Imam of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Lt Col Umar Sanda Ahmed, during the 2012 Eid-ul- fitr celebration at the Al-Aziz Central Mosque in Burma Camp on Sunday 19 August 2012.

The Minister urged the congregation to be committed to the virtues of loyalty, professionalism, self-discipline and steadfastness to serve as a beacon of hope to the country.

He noted, “the spiritual revival you have attained must imbue in you a genuine virtue of effective devotion, honest dedication and closeness to Allah throughout your future endeavours. Give practical demonstration of these virtues in your family life and civic responsibilities, as well as your professional careers”.

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, in his message exhorted the congregation to extol the same values of resilience, tenacity and patience that were part of the range of values the professional GAF sought to inculcate in all serving officers, men and women. 

He told them that it was only by demonstrating love and understanding for each other and the nation that they would have allowed their spiritual angle to impact on their mundane life as they persevered through this all-important religious observance. 

The Chief Imam of GAF, Lt Col Umar Sanda Ahmed, in his sermon made a passionate appeal to the congregation and the youth especially, to eschew violence and desist from making themselves tools to political violence as the nation prepared for the December polls.

He said, “as we inch towards elections in December, there is the greater need for all of us as Muslims, Christians and other faith believers to appreciate the real importance of peace not only for electoral purposes but also for daily interactions”.

He asked that patience coupled with a feeling for the poor anchored in creating an environment for peaceful co-existence should be a hallmark of every Muslim even after the Ramadan, adding that the Ramadan lesson of tolerance would only remain relevant if Muslims played their part as Ghanaian Muslims to ensure the sanctity of the electoral process and survival of the nation.

He concluded with a prayer for the family of the late Commander-in-Chief, Prof JEA Mills, saying that his legacy of peaceful co-existence was in tandem with the Islam scriptural injunction and it was his hope that the entire country would hold on to the rope of national unity by being each-others keeper.

The Chief Imam was also hopeful the sense of public service of the late President which was epitomised in humility and honesty would be a beacon to upcoming generations.

Garrison Methodist/Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship Celebrate 50th Anniversary

26 August 2012.    The Women’s Fellowship of the Garrison Methodist/Presbyterian Church (GMPC), Burma Camp, celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Sunday 26 August 2012, on the theme “The holy spirit and the believer, harnessing diverse gifts for mission”.

The GMPC Women’s Fellowship started in 1958 as a small group of women who held meetings to study the word of God until 1962 when it was officially inaugurated under the name Garrison Methodist/Presbyterian Church Women’s Fellowship, with eleven members.

After the inauguration, the fellowship was affiliated to the National Methodist and Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship which ushered in healthy interactions with other sister fellowships and gave on regular basis useful materials, instructions and teachings.

Delivering the sermon as the guest preacher, the Director of the Presbyterian Women’s Centre at Abokobi, Rev Esther Adjetey, urged the women to do away with the spirit of apathy and devote themselves to take up responsibilities in various positions and serve the group.

She indicated that God in his wisdom created women in a special way and has endowed them with special gifts which they had to utilise and make good use of to enhance their being.

Rev Esther Adjetey added that for a group of women from diverse backgrounds to be together in a fellowship and chalk 50 years was no mean achievement. She reiterated that 50 years was a year of jubilee freedom, forgiveness and peace, therefore, the fellowship must move ahead beyond its jubilee and grow from strength to strength.

In a goodwill message, the Snr Chaplain of the GMPC, Rev Col David Adoteye-Asare (rtd) said just as the history of Christianity was incomplete without mentioning Mary Magdalene, so was the history of GMPC not complete  without the women’s fellowship.

He said at 50, the women’s fellowship was one of the oldest groups in the church and had stayed on course till now. Rev Col Adoteye-Asare however prayed that God should lead and empower the fellowship till thy kingdom come.

New executives were inducted to lead the fellowship for the years 2012 to 2016. Sisters Margaret Opoku and Rosemond Larbi Okyere were made President and Vice President respectively.  


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