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Dr Ibn Chambas appointed Joint Special Representative for Darfur
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2 April 2013. Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas of Ghana has been appointed by the United Nations and African Union (AU) as their Joint Special Representative for Darfur.  Dr Chambas brings on board more than a decade of experience to his role, which include those of the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator.

Dr Chambas has a firm understanding of International policies and peace mediation due to his involvement in peace mediation efforts in Liberia. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Secretary General of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of states. He was also the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2006 to 2009 and the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS from 2002 to 2005.

Additionally, he served was a Member of Parliament in Ghana from 1993 to 1996and as Deputy Foreign Minister of Ghana from 1993 to 1994. He was also the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education from 1997 to 2000.

Born in Ghana in 1950, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana, a Masters Degree and PhD from Cornell University and a Law Degree from Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio.

The African Union/United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur, referred to by its acronym UNAMID, was formed to bring peace back to Darfur as a result of a civil war that erupted in the country  in 2003 between the government of Sudan and its allied militia and other rebel groups.

In 2006, the African Union a peacekeeping mission to Sudan was formed and later transformed into UNAMID, currently the largest peacekeeping mission in the world, in 2008.

UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate, but also tasked with contributing to security for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation of agreements, assisting an inclusive political process, contributing to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and monitoring and reporting on the situation along the borders with Chad and the Central African Republic.

The Mission’s headquarters is in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, with further deployment locations throughout the three Darfur states.

 
President Mahama Commends Ghana armed forces
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28 March 2013. HE John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces has commended the Ghana Armed Forces for the display of professionalism, loyalty and esprit de corps in the discharge of their duties in the country.

President John Mahama gave the commendation during the swearing-in of the members of the Ghana Armed Forces Council at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Thursday 28 March 2013.

The President spelt out the responsibility of the Council to its members stating that, it was in the 1992 constitution of Ghana that their roles included: advising the President on matters of policy relating to defence and strategy, military budgeting, finance administration and promotion of Officers above the rank of Lt Col or its equivalent.

President Mahama however noted that the role of the Armed Forces was changing from providing regime security to providing human and development security.   He accordingly stated that the Armed Forces therefore had a role to play in respect of safety and security, welfare of the citizens, health care, education, food, water and energy sectors of the country.

He further said government had been undertaking an on-going modernization and re-equipping of the Armed Forces.  “I wish to assure you that government will continue to work with you to ensure that our Armed Forces modernised to execute the mandate as spelt out by the constitution.”

Additionally, he urged the Council to supervise the activities of the Armed Forces to enhance prudent utilization of resources and equipment.  “Enforce discipline in the service because there can be no proper Armed Forces without effective discipline.”

The President also charged the Council to cooperate with other Services in combating armed robbery, illegal mining, lumbering, providing maritime security, curbing drug trafficking and arms smuggling.

The Members of the Armed Forces Council comprise:  HE KB Arthur Vice President as Chairman of the Council, Mr Mark Owen Woyongo Minister for Defence, Mr Kwesi Ahwoi Minister for Interior, Ms Hannah Serwaah Tetteh Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Rear Admiral Matthew Quashie Chief of the Defence Staff, Brigadier General Richard Opoku-Adusei Chief of Army Staff, Commodore Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro Chief of the Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson Oje Chief of Air Staff, Chief Warrant Officer Adu Yaw, Forces Sergeant Major, Rear Admiral Jonathan Yanful Adoko (Rtd), Col Sally Odoi Gyampo (Rtd) Government Appointee and Mr Tackie Yarboi Chief Director Ministry of Defence.

 
UNIFIL DEPUTY FORCE COMMANDER LAUDS GHANBATT’S PEACEKEEPING EFFORTS IN LEBENON
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6 March 2013. The Deputy Force Commander (DFC) of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Brig Gen Patrick Phelan, has praised the Ghanaian Contingent currently serving in the mission for their selfless sacrifice and devotion to duty in the quest for lasting peace in South Lebanon.  He noted that Ghanbatt’s professionalism and immense contribution towards the overall success of the UNIFIL mission cannot be underestimated.

Brig Gen Patrick Phelan made these remarks when he awarded Peace Medals to Ghanaian troops (GHANBAT 77), on the occasion of their Medals Presentation Parade held at the Ghanbatt headquarters, AL-Qawzah in Lebanon Wednesday 6 March 2013.  On the parade to mark the Day were four contingents made up of 17 Officers and 136 Men and Women and the Ghanbatt Regimental Band. The Parade was commanded by Lt Col Francis Anemana, the Commanding Officer. 

The DFC, who was also the Reviewing Officer showed his appreciation to the gallant officers, men and women of Ghanbatt 77 for their hard work, dedication to duty and immense contribution towards the maintenance of peace and security in Lebanon, adding, “I have been closely monitoring the progress of the Ghanbatt since its insertion in the UNIFIL Area of Operation and I must admit all of you have so far performed remarkably well.”

He noted with admiration Ghanbatt’s resolve to dominate its Area of Operational Responsibility through the conduct of day and night patrols, monitoring of the Blue Line to avoid violations and conducting series of operations in coordination’s with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

He said Ghana’s involvement in UN peacekeeping operation dated back to the 1960s when Ghanaian troops were deployed in the then Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo).  In the UNIFIL area of operation, the Reviewing Officer said Ghanaian troops have exhibited professionalism since 1978.

On the humanitarian front, the DFC acknowledged the daily medical assistance and other Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) activities provided to local population.  He described the Medals Presentation Day as very significant in the annals of Ghanbatt history as the day marked the 56th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Ghana.

Brig Gen Phelan congratulated troops of Ghanbatt 77 for working hard for their medals and asked them to wear it with pride as it indicated the United Nation’s appreciation of their faithful commitment and scarifies towards global peace.

The DFC expressed sincere gratitude to Ghana’s Honorary Consular General to Lebanon, His Excellency Michel Haddad for gracing the occasion.  He commended the Contingent Commander, Col Reginald Yemo Odoi and Commanding Officer of Ghanbatt 77 Lt Col Francis Anemana for their exemplary leadership which had further projected Ghana’s outstanding image in peace support operations.

Present at the ceremony were dignitaries including a high-powered Ghanaian Military delegation led by Brig Gen Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei, General Officer Commanding the Northern Command of the Ghana Army, the Deputy Sector West Commander, Col Philip Brennan, Military and Civilian Staff of UNIFIL, Mayors, Moukhtars, Religious leaders, Senior Officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces and men and women of the Ghanaian Contingent.


 
UNIFIL GHANBATT TO MIGRATE FROM DRY TO WET LEASE SYSTEM
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19 March 2013. Brig Gen Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei, the General Officer Commanding Northern Command of the Ghana Army, has stated that plans were far advanced to provide logistics support to migrate the Ghanaian Contingent on peacekeeping duties in Lebanon (Ghanbatt), from the Dry Lease to the Wet Lease System to enable it be self-sufficient in its logistics requirements.


He said the government of Ghana had accordingly purchased thirty-four armoured reconnaissance vehicles to be delivered to Ghanbatt to facilitate the migration to the Wet Lease System which was more cost effective.


Brig Gen Opoku-Adusei, who led a six-member military delegation to Lebanon to participate in Ghanbatt 77’s Medals Presentation Parade was addressing an all ranks durbar to update troops on current developments in Ghana as well as in the Armed Forces.


Brig Gen Opoku-Adusei said he was satisfied with the performance of Ghanbatt 77, saying, “I am personally satisfied with what I have seen and heard about your performance during my visit to the Ghanbatt Area of responsibility and I urge you all to continue the good work”.  He also encouraged the troops to continue to work hard to preserve the good image the Ghana Armed Forces had achieved over the years.


During the visit, the delegation paid a courtesy call on the UNIFIL Deputy Force Commander, Brig Gen Patrick Phelan, who expressed appreciation of the performance of Ghanaian troops.


The delegation also toured some Ghanbatt positions, including static posts along the Blue Line, the defacto line of separation between Israel and Lebanon, to familiarize themselves with the performance of troops. At every position they visited, the team was briefed by troops on duty and given explanations by Officers Commanding the various Companies.


On arrival at the Ghanbatt Headquarters earlier, the delegation received detailed briefing about Ghanbatt’s operational, administrative and logistics matters and some challenges. During the briefing session, the Commanding Officer of Ghanbatt 77, Lt Col Francis Anemana, assured the delegation that the Ghanbatt was poised to execute its assigned tasks successfully despite a few challenges encountered.


The delegation also called on the Ghanaian Contingent Commander (CONTICO) who is also the UNIFIL Chief Military Personnel Officer, Col Reginald Yemo Odoi on 4 March 2013 at the Ghana House (Erskine House) in Naqoura, UNIFIL Headquarters.


Welcoming the delegation, the CONTICO in his welcome address thanked the Government of Ghana for the high profile delegation to grace the Medals Day Parade.  He described Ghanbatt 77 as a wonderful battalion, which has executed its tasks with high professionalism to the admiration of the UNIFIL High Command.


The CONTICO disclosed that UNIFIL was in a stabilization phase and had a current strength of 15,000.  He assured the delegation that in spite of some challenges facing UNIFIL in the cause of its operations, the Force Headquarters had put in place force protection measures against local hostilities.


Later at the UNIFIL Conference room, the delegation received an in-depth briefing on UNIFIL Operations which covered Israel – Lebanon hostilities, UNIFIL Structure and UNIFIL Legal Framework among others.


The other members of the delegation were: Brig Gen Samuel Akorfur, Director General, International Peace Support Operations (IPSO), Capt (GN) Osei Kufour, Military Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Col C Akyiaa-Gambrah, Director Budget at the Defence Financial Comptroller’s Department, Col M’bawine Atintade, Director Public Relations, and Gp Capt Z Deku, Office of the Chief of Staff, General Headquarters. 

 
WALO Secretariat Delegation visits GAF
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27-28 February 2013. A three member delegation from the West Africa Liaison Office (WALO) Secretariat, paid a two-day working visit to the General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), from 27-28 February 2013.  The purpose of the visit was to familiarize themselves with GAF and also to introduce the new WALO Executives to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay.

The Director General of Training at the General Headquarters received the delegation on behalf of the CDS. The leader of the delegation Lt Col David Kabre, President of WALO gave a brief presentation on WALO, which is an international sports organisation which has its membership drawn from 13 member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) including Ghana.

Lt Col Kabre appealed to the CDS to re-energize GAF’s participation in order to boost their participation in WALO activities. They further proposed that the CDS use his good offices to seek support from fellow ECOWAS CDS’ for recognition of the organisation and to support and approve the proposals to host the 1st WALO games and other activities of the organisation. 

As part of their familiarization, the team toured the GAF sports facilities and complex. The leader of the team expressed his appreciation to GAF for hosting them at short notice and hoped that the ideals of WALO would be upheld at all times.

WALO was formed in 1972 with the main objective to give regular opportunity to brother-in-arms of member countries to strengthen friendship, solidarity and brotherhood through sporting events. The organisation, since 1994 has had its headquarters in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Major activities of the organisation include: seminars, training and technical clinics for coaches, sport managers and athletes of the Armed Forces of member countries. Its sporting activities and events include: West African Military Games, Bilateral and Multilateral Competitions, individual sports, combat sports and team sports.

 
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