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Ministry of Health presents beds, mattresses to 37 Military Hospital

17 April 2013. The Ministry for Health has presented ninety (90) beds and mattresses to the 37 Military Hospital as a means of boosting the capacity of the hospital to take on additional emergency cases, following the industrial strike action by the Ghana Medical Association.

The presentation is in fulfillment of an earlier promise made by the Minister for Health, Madam Sherry Ayitey, two weeks ago.

The Ministry of Health has again given assurances that further support in the form of drugs and consumables will also be delivered to the hospital in due course.

The 37 Military Hospital administration has expressed gratitude for the support.

Management and Staff of Ecobank call on CDS

12 April 2013. The Management and Staff of Ecobank, Burma Camp Branch, have called on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, at his office on Friday, 12 April 2013.  The visit was to congratulate the CDS on his new appointment and also to wish him well in his endeavours.

The Branch Manager of the bank, Mr Samuel Ashietey Adjei, said the bank was ready to contribute to the growth and development of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) as part of the social responsibility of the Burma Camp branch.

Mr Adjei seized the opportunity to present a newly introduced loan scheme of the bank to the CDS.  According to him, the scheme was designed to help personnel in the service to secure funds toward their building projects, car loans or any other ventures.

Vice Admiral Quashie thanked Mr Adjei and the Staff for the proposals.


9 April 2013. The Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Owen Woyongo has assured Command and Staff of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) at Teshie that dilapidated structures in MATS will soon see a face-lift.

The Minister for Defence made this commitment when he visited MATS, Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on Tuesday 9 April 2013.

During the visit, General Staff Officer Grade 1 (GSO I) Lt Col Frank Nartey Tei gave a presentation during which he mentioned some of the pressing challenges that impede effective work.  He therefore appealed to Mr Woyongo to assist MATS remedy the situation.

In response, the Minister, reiterated that he would put in the necessary measures to address the infrastructural and logistical constraints bedeviling the Schools. He added that, he had tasked a team to work on the demarcation and documentation of all Armed Forces lands to forestall further land encroachment. Mr Mark Owen Woyongo also assured MATS that he would liaise with the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing to resolve the perennial water problem.

“As a follow-up to President Mahama’s decision of upgrading the Ghana Military Academy to a befitting status to churn out the Military Officers, immediate action would be taken by my office to include GMA on the GETFund”, he added.

On logistics matters, the Minister promised to make some funds available to furnish the MATS Conference Hall and to commence work on the Amenity Centre among others.

He commended the Commandant MATS, Rear Admiral Muhammed Munir Tahiru and his staff for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage.  Some members of the entourage included the Chief Director, Ministry of Defence (MOD), Mr Emmanuel Tackie-Yarboi and Director Public Affairs (MOD), Col Comfort Ankomah-Danso.

Day 1 of Prez Mills' funeral ceremony

8 August 2012.    The body of late President Mills would be taken out of the 37 Military Hospital to his private residence at the Regimanuel Grey Estates. The family of the late President is expected to receive the body and perform some customary rituals after which the body would be conveyed to the Osu Castle.

From the Osu Castle, the body is expected to be taken to the Banquet Hall at the State House for the filing past by dignitaries. President John Mahama would be the first person to file past the body of the late leader, to be followed by his vice, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. Then the widow, Dr Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills, and her son, Samuel Kofi Mills, would also have thier turn.

The Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, Members of Parliament, judges as well as local and international dignitaries are all expected to file past the body between 11am and 1pm.

From 1300 hours, the general public would also file past the body and pay their last respects.

No speeches or tributes would be read today.

I don’t want our military to be polarised – Defence Minister

12 February 2013. The Minister for Defence, Hon. Mark Owen Woyongo, has urged personnel of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) not to allow themselves to be influenced by any negative propaganda which has the ability to polarise the military, thereby placing the peace and stability of the nation at risk.

Addressing a cross-section of troops and civilian employees at a durbar during his maiden visit to 1 Garrison at Tema on Friday, 12 February 2013, the Minister appealed to the personnel to eschew any tendency to involve themselves in partisan politics.

The visit was part of his familiarization tour of the GAF units since he assumed office. The visit to the Garrison was therefore afford him get firsthand knowledge about the current operations, administrative and logistical matters of the Garrison as well as to be informed on the various challenges and means to address them.

Hon. Woyongo noted that neutrality and loyalty to the government and service to the state were paramount and must therefore not be compromised with partisan politics. “Try to avoid politics as much as possible. I don’t want our military to be polarised. I want us to remain professionals as we are,” he cautioned.

He commended the GAF for its immense contribution to internal security especially the curtailing of illegal mining, illegal felling of trees and curbing the rate of armed robbery in conjunction with the Police. He urged them to continue collaborating with the other Security Services to ensure that the calm and peace in the country prevailed.

He also commended troops of the Garrison for their high sense of discipline, adding that “discipline is the cornerstone of every good military establishment so I want to urge you to remain disciplined.”

The Minister, however, bemoaned the rate at which military lands were being encroached upon. He charged all Unit Commanders to demarcate, organise patrols as well as plant trees around military lands as a means of protecting the lands from further encroachment.

He further stressed the need for the improvement of relationship with the civilian populace and the media, saying “the uniform should be a symbol of friendship not a symbol of terror.”

Hon Woyongo said that the government intended to renovate all military structures in deplorable state and to complete all projects that had long been abandoned. “I would want to assure you that despite the financial constraints, we as a government are committed to ensuring that the Ghana Armed Forces is well resourced to protect our territorial integrity and natural resources,” he emphasised.

Responding to concerns raised by troops, the Defence Minister promised to explore the possibility of acquiring tractors from the Ministry of Agriculture as well as to consult the Commander-in-Chief, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, to make available other inputs and machinery to facilitate farming in the Armed Forces.

Earlier, the Minister and his entourage were led by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) the Eastern Naval Command and Commander of 1 Garrison, Commodore Emmanuel Akoto Bonsu, to tour the various units under the Garrison. He visited 1 Infantry Battalion, Michel Camp where he was briefed on the operations, administrative and logistical states of the unit.

Hon Woyongo later visited the Base Ammunition Depot where he was briefed by the Commanding Officer, Major Gaspard Asare, as well as the Army Recruit Training School (ARTS), Shai Hills, and the Eastern Naval Command accommodation areas.

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