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Forces Pay Office gets New Commanding Officer

30 April 2013. Col Sampana Babilah on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 took over as the Commanding Officer, (CO) of the Forces Pay Offices (FPO) from Col Anthony Kwesi Dzisi.  Until his appointment as the new CO, he was the Service Financial Comptroller, Army Headquarters.

The handing and taking over ceremony took place at the Forces Pay Offices in Burma Camp during which the new CO was briefed on the operations, logistics, administration and security situation of the Unit by the outgoing CO.

In his response after being introduced to the unit, Colonel Babilah outlined his vision for the FPO. He said investing in Information Technology (IT) Equipment and Training would be his aim in order to transform the data processing capabilities of the unit.  He added that, he will continue to motivate the Unit, ensure high morale, discipline to ensure quality performance as his predecessors had done.

The outgoing CO, Colonel Dzisi, expressed gratitude to the staff of FPO for their support during his tenure. He requested that, they offer same support to the incoming CO to accomplish his vision and plan.

AFS Ghana School Club Donates to 37 Military Hospital

30 April, 2013. The American Field Service (AFS) School Club and Holy Child School, Cape Coast have donated items worth Two Thousand cedis GH¢2,000 to the Children’s’ Ward (Nkrumah Ward) of the 37 Military Hospital on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013.

The items comprised beverages, detergents, plastic chairs, pillows and food items.   Receiving the items on behalf of the Hospital, the Deputy Matron, Lt Col Ivy Tamakloe expressed gratitude for the kind gesture by the Students.

She said the items had come at an opportune time since so many children were being admitted at the Ward in view of the industrial strike by the Ghana Medical Association.

She noted that the items would go a long way to help ease the precarious situation of inadequate logistics and consumables at the ward. She therefore urged other benevolent organisations to emulate the kind gesture by the students.

The President of the AFS School Club, Maame Yaa Awuah stated that the Club usually donates to orphanages and charity homes but considering the situation confronting the health sector due to the strike action, they decided to donate to Hospitals.

She mentioned that they were happy donating to the Children’s ward of the Military hospital and hoped the items would go a long way to help and ease some stress off the ward.

Maame Yaa also acknowledged the efforts by Mfanstipim Boys School in raising part of the funds to purchase the items for the donation.


28 April 2013. The Director Public Relations of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Col M’Bawine Atintande, has met with the Editorial Boards of the Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times respectively on Friday, 26 and Sunday, 28 of April 2013.  The meeting was convened in view of matters arising from the GAF report on the alleged assault of two photo journalists by Military Police personnel on 6 March 2013.

In separate meetings with the Editorial Boards, Col Atintande said the alleged assault and outcome of the GAF's investigations which exonerated the military, should not mar the existing cordial relationship between the Ghana Armed Forces and the two organisations because they would still have to work together to ensure the country’s growth and development.

The Editors of the two media houses, Mr Ransford Tetteh and Mr David Agebenu respectively, said it was appropriate to dialogue on the issue since this would help calm tensions. Though they expressed dissatisfaction with the report, they agreed to an amicable solution and said the media and the military will continue to cooperate to promote the interest of the country.

It must be noted that the recent criticism from the media and general public followed the release of the GAF Report on the outcome of the investigation conducted by the Military on the alleged assault.

The Report declared that investigations conducted by the GAF revealed that the soldiers involved did no wrong, as they acted within the rules and guidelines governing the activities at the time of the anniversary parade.

Health Service to be expanded at Military Hospital

29 April 2013. Health services at the 37 Military hospital would be expanded to harmonize the pressure mounted on the facilities as a result of the industrial strike action by doctors. The Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Owen Woyongo made this known to the staff of the hospital when he visited, in the company of Minister for Health, Hon Hanny-Sherry Ayitey on Monday, 29 April 2013.

The main purpose of the visit, according to Hon Woyongo was to welcome and thank a 30 member team of specialized doctors and other medical staffs from the Health Humanitarian Aid Foundation (HHAF) of the United States of America.  He said their presence was timely since it coincided with the on-going strike action. He equally seized the opportunity to assess the current situation of the hospital for firsthand information and the way forward.

Hon Woyongo, noted that measures were being put in place to equip the hospital with logistical, medical and human resources to accommodate more patients. He said they had also recalled all doctors and nurses who were on leave.

Hon Ayitey assured the staff of government’s commitment to providing the necessary healthcare and related logistics to ensure the smooth running of the hospital. She added that a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining the terms of payment of arrears, had been signed with the doctors. To this end, the doctors are expected to return to duty anytime soon.

The Minister for Defence thanked the Staff of the hospital for their continued and relentless effort in saving lives and urged them to continue to put in their very best.


23 April 2013. The Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Woyongo has assured Ghana Armed Forces personnel of government’s commitment to provide the necessary resources and logistics for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). He added that the government will also tackle the accommodation and other problems in the various barracks of GAF across the country.

He has also given the assurance that that measures would be put in place to bring on board more training programmes to enable military personnel to upgrade themselves and to be more skillful in the discharge of their duties both externally and internally.

Speaking at an all ranks durbar with personnel of the 2 Garrison, the Minister commended personnel for their contribution towards the success of the 2012 general elections which had contributed to the peace in the country. 

He urged personnel of the Garrison to continue to be professional, non-partisan, loyal and disciplined in the discharge of their duties in order to help maintain peace and stability in the country as well as protect Ghana's territorial borders from  external aggression.

He also suggested that in order to prevent further encroachment on military lands, there was the need to farm on the lands.  He said this will additionally serve as a source of income for the Units.  He promised to support any Unit that was ready to embark on farming activities, with the necessary equipment required.

The Minister also disclosed that funds had been secured to pay off all military personnel who were due for retirement to enable them leave the barracks in order to ease the pressure on accommodation.

Earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding the Western Naval Command (FOC), Cdre Timothy Samuel Appiah, briefed the Minister on the current situation and challenges of the 2 Garrison  as well as the operational, administrative and logistic state of the Garrison  after which he conducted the Minister  on a tour of all the Units under 2 Garrison.

At the Air Force Base Takoradi, the Base Commander Air Commodore Maxwell Nagai briefed the Minister on the current situation on operations, responsibilities and challenges at the Base.

The Commanding Officer (CO) 2Bn, Lt Col GKT Sam also gave the Defence Minister an overview of their operations and accommodation problems facing the Unit, especially accommodation for troops at Elubo.

As tradition demands, the Minister for Defence also paid a courtesy call on the Western Regional Minister Hon. EKT Addo, at the Regional Administration. In an interaction, the Defence Minister appealed to the Regional Minister to assist the Western Naval Command  to resolve the challenges being faced in acquiring a piece of land for their Barracks.

Accompanying the Minister on the two-day visit to the 2 Garrison were the Director Naval Affairs,  Captain (GN) Samuel Anim, Director Army Affairs  Col Stanley Alloh, Director Air Force Affairs, GP Captain PD Asafo, Director Public Affairs, Col  Comfort Ankomah Danso  and Director Research  and Defence Corporation at MOD, Mrs Cynthia Asare- Bediako.

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