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GCB Donates to GAF

11 July 2012. Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB), has presented a cheque of Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢50,000.00) to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) as part of their corporate social responsibility and also to strengthen the partnership between the two institutions.

The presentation took place at the office of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), in Burma Camp, on Wednesday, 11 July 2012.

The Chief Operations Officer, (COO) of GCB, Mr Kojo Addae-Mensah, said the donation was one of the largest the Bank had made to any institution for the year 2012.

He said Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢30,000.00) of the donation was for the refurbishment of the Officer Cadets Mess at the Ghana Military Academy, Fifteen Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢15,000.00) to support the refurbishment and expansion of the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit of the 37 Military Hospital, with the remaining Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢5,000.00) going to the CDS Essay Competition.

Receiving the donation on behalf of GAF, the CDS, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, expressed his gratitude for the kind gesture from GCB and pledged GAF’s support to maintain the relationship that has been built between the two institutions. He gave GAF’s assurance of putting the donation to the expected use.

Present at the presentation were some board members and management of GCB and some senior officers of GAF.

Make discipline your hall mark-Brig Gen IB Quartey.

4 July 2102.  The Commander of the Support Services Brigade Group (SP Svc Bde Gp), Brig Gen Ishmael Benjamin Quartey, has advised young officers to adopt a positive attitude towards work and make discipline their hall mark as it was a prerequisite of all military institutions.

Brig Gen IB Quartey, said this when he interacted with young officers under his command at the Support Services Brigade Group Headquarters, on Wednesday, 4 July 2102. He urged them to be time conscious in the discharge of their duties and abide by the ethics of the profession.

According to the Commander, the purpose of the interaction was to enlighten the young officers on the challenges ahead of them in the profession they had chosen.

He emphasised on the need for the young officers to remain prayerful and serve as spiritual leaders at their various departments to discredit the notion that soldiers were not spiritual.
On the attendance of military functions, he advised the young soldiers to always attend all functions as they were compulsory for them, adding military was all about self-devotion and sacrifice.

Touching on accommodation in the service, Brig Gen Quartey, reminded the young officers of the problem of accommodation in the Service and asked them to be patient as measures were in place to resolve the problem.
He used the occasion to sympathise with all those who did not have their permanent accommodation and had to share with their colleague officers, assuring them of their own permanent accommodation soon.

Brig Gen Quartey, further spoke on handling of restricted and classified information in the Service and dealing with the press. He cautioned the young officers to desist from the attitude of giving out security information to the press when they had not been mandated to. He asked them to always check with their superiors before giving out any information to the press and the general public.

The young officers were also advised on issues pertaining to financial management. They were asked to use their earnings wisely and also remember to save for their retirement as it was an inevitable phenomenon of every working person.

Brig Gen Quartey concluded by asking the young officers to lead exemplary life’s for their colleagues and troops to emulate.

WANF honours CDS, others

6 July 2012.  The West African Nobles Forum, (WANF), a network of noble personalities in leadership positions and astute businessmen and women across the sub-region has awarded the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, and 10 others for upholding virtues of honesty, integrity and accountability in both their private and public lives.

The award was at the 15th edition of the West Africa Nobles Conference and dinner dance in Accra on Friday, 6 July 2012, under the theme; “Gathering of Moral Giants”.
Personalities who received the noble award included, Professor Emmanuel Larbi of Reagent University College, Dr Aubyan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Kinathi Mawuse Dake, CEO of Jescan Construction, and Mr John Donkor-Quaye, Managing Director of Manasseh Group.

The rest were Mr and Mrs Sammy Adjapong of Alpha Beta Education Centre, Mr Joseph Kwaku Obeng, the Managing Director of New Lucky Electricals, Dr and Mrs Justice Abraham of Justab Hospital, Mr and Mrs Johnson Fiah of Gateway School Complex, and Dr Joe Oteng Adjei, Minister of Energy.

The Executive Secretary of WANF, Dr Dee Otibu-Asare, congratulated the newly inducted nobles and entreated them to be ambassadors of honesty and accountability and exhibit them wherever they went, for positive impact on people who would emulate them.

He indicated, the African continent had been ravaged by corruption, greed and selfishness, adding, “These vices in our society have collectively jettisoned some cherished ideas and dreams of the founding fathers of the sub-region”
Speaking on the upcoming elections, the Executive Secretary of WANF, called on all politicians, the media and Ghanaians to be circumspect in their utterances, reportage and actions, warning that posterity would not forgive them if they plunged this country into anarchy.

The WANF currently has about 1,000 members who meet annually to brainstorm on topical issues bordering on the sub-region (vis-a-vis enterprise, development, economic issues, finance, and leadership) and their effect on the economic development of West Africa.

Latex Foam Donates to GAF

10 July 2012.  As part of their corporate social responsibility, management of Latex Foam Rubber Products Limited, has presented five Samsung Television sets worth Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢5,000.00) to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Tuesday, 10 July 2012.

The donation was at the premises of the Department of Public Relations of GAF in Burma Camp.

Presenting the items on behalf of the Company, the Public Relations Officer, Miss Gifty Asare Ekeocha, noted the donation was in response to a call from the Chief of the Defence Staff for the Company to sponsor the 2012 CDS Essay Competition.

She said their cordial relationship with GAF stirred them to respond immediately to the call from the CDS.
She added, although it was the first time they had been called for such as assistant, the Company was ever ready to render their support to the CDS and GAF at all times.

Receiving the items on behalf of GAF, the Director of Public Relations of GAF, Col M’Bawine Atintande, thanked the management of Latex Foam for their kind gesture in support of the CDS essay competition.
He pledged GAF’s commitment in promoting continues education among officers, men, women and civilian employees of GAF.


CDS signs National Peace Flag

4 July 2012.  The Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, on Wednesday, 4 July 2012, in his office in Burma Camp, signed the National Peace Flag in support of a peaceful election come December 2012.

The CDS became the third dignitary in the country to append his signature on the Flag after the Vice President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and the National Chief Imam, Sheik Usman Nuhu Sharabutu.

The signing of the National Peace Flag is an initiative by an Accra based event management entity, “Pure Creations” which aims at getting 2000 opinion leaders in the country to sign their names on the National Flag and by so pledge to support and promote peace in the country, before, during and after the December polls.

Lt Gen Blay, indicated that elections were part of the democratic process of the country, therefore, it must be considered in a peaceful and transparent manner. He reiterated that Ghana needed to develop in a peaceful atmosphere and therefore the Ghana Armed Forces was committed to play its role to ensure peace in December.

The CDS lauded the National Peace Flag idea and hoped that peace continued to prevail in the country. He urged Ghanaians to learn from political turmoil in sister countries and opt for peace.

The Chief Executive Officer of Pure Creations, Mr Paul Boateng, stated that the Peace Pledge initiative was intended to promote peace in the country before, during and after the general elections. He added that apart from the signatures of 2000 dignitaries, they intend to get one million citizens to also sign another Flag.

Mr Paul Boateng noted that the project was a nationwide tour which was expected to cover a period of two months. He said the completed autographed flag would be handed over to the National Peace Council to serve as a memoir of peace.

He revealed there were plans to organise a national peace conference to strengthen the sensitisation for peaceful polls in December.
He ended with a call on all Ghanaians to support the peace pledge idea.

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