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Forces Sergeant Major C Adu Yaw Retires from GAF

Friday 31 May 2013. The Forces Sergeant Major (FSM) of the Ghana Armed Forces, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Adu Yaw Daniel, has formally retired from the Military after 37 years of distinguished service to the colours.  To mark his departure, a farewell ceremony was held in his honour at the forecourt of the Burma Hall in Burma Camp on Friday 31 May 2013.

In his farewell speech, the out-going FSM, CWO Adu Yaw, expressed gratitude for the support given to him by Officers, Men and Civilian employees during his tenure of office.  He further thanked the immediate past Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay, Service Chiefs and Directors General for their support, which enabled him perform his duties effectively.  He therefore requested for similar support for the incoming FSM, CWO Dickson Owusu.

In recognition of the immense contribution of CWO Adu Yaw to GAF, the Guest of Honour for the occasion, the Acting CDS, Rear Admiral Geoffery Mawuli Biekro presented a plaque depicting the staff of office of the FSM to him.

CWO Adu Yaw was appointed the Forces Sergeant Major on Wednesday 6 May 2009.  During his tenure, he helped in the smooth administration of GAF, particularly on matters affecting the interest and well being of Soldiers, Ratings and Airmen as well as their cordial relationship with Officers.

Ghana Engineer Company 1in Mali to embark on Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Activities

7 May 2013. The Ghanaian Contingent serving under the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), Ghana Engineer Company 1 (GHENGCOY 1), is to embark on Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) projects within its area of operations.  This has become necessary due to the conflict in Mali, which has brought about destruction of lives and property as well as termination of on-going development projects.

In order to bring comfort to the people who have been affected by the war, different organisations were undertaking infrastructural projects such as schools, hospitals and roads to support the populace.  GHANENG COY 1 therefore intends to also support the Malians, within its capability.

Accordingly, a four-man delegation led by the Officer Commanding (OC) GHANENGCOY 1, Maj Ernest Nyuur, paid two separate visits to the Chief and Elders of Senou Village where GHANENGCOY is located, on 7 May and 9 May 2013 respectively.

In his remarks, Maj Nyuur explained that GHANENGCOY was not in Mali to only keep peace, but also to assist Senou and its environs with whatever technical expertise they possessed towards the restoration of social infrastructure.

In response, the Chief of Senou, Badien Couloubali, on behalf of his sub-chiefs and opinion leaders, expressed happiness and willingness to cooperate with GHANENGCOY in maintaining peace and in the provision of infrastructure in Senou.  He was also appreciative of GHANENGCOY’s peacekeeping efforts, adding that their presence alone in Senou was a source of security to them.

The GHANENGCOY delegation was subsequently conducted round two project sites which were top priority and of urgent need to the inhabitants.  The first was the stalled construction of an operation theatre at a hospital in Senou.  The other areas of assistance they required were the need for potable water, dual-desks, furniture, re-wiring and painting of some classrooms and provision of stationery for some schools.

Maj Nyuur later thanked the Chief and his Elders for the audience.  He assured them that his troops would provide quality work when approval of funds from AFISMA Headquarters was granted for the projects.

Hon Mark Woyongo Urges Ghanaians to Sustain Peace

29 May 2013. The Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Owen Woyongo has urged political, religious and traditional leaders, civil society and the general public to decisively deplore and guard against acts and utterances that have the tendency to disturb the peace and stability of the country.

He made this call during the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 in Accra.  The Peacekeepers Day, as it is popularly called, is observed on 29 May each year to honour the memory of members of the Security Services who have lost their lives while serving on United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.

The Minister noted that a total number of one hundred and thirty (130) Ghanaian Peacekeepers had lost their lives in these peacekeeping operations since 1960.  “Their valour and commitment to humanity should not be in vain; it should indeed inspire us to build and sustain peace in our country,” Hon Woyongo added.

He therefore urged Ghanaians to attach a high level of importance to the values of tolerance, unity and respect for the rule of law in the governing of the country. “Our vibrant and stable country, underpinned by a prosperous economy, can only be sustained if we are able to maintain the peace and security that we have been enjoying over the years”, he added.

The Minister used the platform to compliment Dr Kofi Annan, the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations, for his tremendous role in UN Peacekeeping.  He commended his contribution to the training and equipping of professional peacekeepers across the world through the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra.

In his address, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Representative, His Excellency Kamil Kamaluddeen stated that UN Peacekeeping was in the process of varying its policies to better fulfill its mandate of bringing lasting peace to war-torn countries.  He added that the UN was also working to help reform national rule of law by strengthening the Security Services and local authorities.

United Nations Assesses Ghanengcoy 1 Operational Capability

11 May 2013. A two-man Inspection, Assessment and Evaluation Team from the UN Headquarters, New York; Col FA Babatunde (rtd) and Lt Col Richard Grey, undertook a one-day operational capability assessment of the Ghana Engineer Company 1 (GHANENGCOY 1), serving with the Africa-Led Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) on 11 May 2013.

The aim of the inspection was in accordance with the UN policy to ensure that various contingents provide the needed major equipment, also known as Contingent Owned Equipment (COE), to meet their troops operational needs as required of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) operating under the Wet Lease system.

The team was conducted round by the Second-in-Command (21C) of the Company, Capt Maxwell Essuman and the GHANENGCOY Logistics Officer (LOGO), Maj David Naga Billa.  They inspected Troop Carrying Vehicles (TCVs), Computers and Communication Equipment among others.

The leader of the team, Col Babatunde later disclosed that in view of the planned take over the mission by the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), there was the need to also undertake an assessment of TCCs readiness to meet UN standards.

Penuel Technology holds two-day conference on Cyber Security

28-29 May 2013.  Penuel Technology, an Information Technology Consultancy Firm in collaboration with the National Information Technology Authority, the National Cyber Security Task Team and their International Technical Development Partners Syndicates Ltd from the UK, under the auspices of the Ministry of Communication, has held a two day conference on Cyber Security for the African Region at the Accra International Conference Centre, from Tuesday 28 to Wednesday 29 May, 2013.

The Conference, held on the theme: “Collaborative effort towards the establishment of robust and real time cyber space protective measures across the African continent”, was to make Ghana  a hub for cyber security training in Africa in order to draw awareness to the emerging threats in cyber security.

Brig Gen Hyacinth Nii Armah Tagoe, a Senior Officer in charge of the Chief of the Defence Staff’s (CDS’) Special Projects at the General Headquarters (GHQ), in his presentation, called for the need to build the capacity of Public Institutions including the Security Services, to effectively manage the emerging threats of cyber crime in Ghana.

He stated that Ghana was vulnerable to cyber attack, therefore it was important to build robust cyber space protective measures for all social infrastructures and to create its own cyber framework.

Brig Gen Tagoe also revealed that there were provisions underway to train some selected personnel from all the Security Services at the Kofi Annan ICT Training Institute on cyber security. He said the objective of the cyber security training for the Security Services was to enable them build capacity to help protect organizations’ systems and infrastructures.

He disclosed that the National Communication Authority (NCA) had set up a Computer Emergency Response Team (NITACERT) Unit to address all computer and cyber security related issues within the government sectors and that the development of a National Cyber Strategy and Policy Framework was also under way.

In his closing remarks, Brig Gen Tagoe urged all the participants to collaborate to fight the emerging threats in cyber crime in Ghana.

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