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South Africa National Defence College visits Ghana.

The delegation at KAIPTC3-7 September 2012.      As part of its Africa and international studies curriculum, students and staff of the South Africa National Defence College (SANDC) course 26-2012, have undertaken a five day study tour of Ghana from Monday 3 to Friday 7 September 2012.

The tour was to give the students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with Ghana, its security policies and strategies. It was also to give the students first-hand knowledge of the legislative and governance systems of Ghana, economic and social conditions, infrastructure and demographic issues.

The delegation was led by the Commandant of SANDC, Rear Admiral Laura Van Vurren. There were 45 members comprising of nine staff, 36 students (18 from the Department of Defence, six from International Fellows Class and 12 from other departments).

The first point of call for the delegation was the South Africa High Commission in Ghana, where they were received by the High Commissioner, Madam Jeanette Ndhlovu. She briefed them on the South Africa-Ghana relations which she said had grown into a peaceful and cordial one over the years.

The team then proceeded to the Ministry of Defence where they were received by the Principal General Staff Officer, Brig Gen Issah Wuni. They were briefed on Ghana’s defence policy framework and the national defence mission and task.

The delegation later visited the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

At each ministry, the delegation was briefed on the various policies and objectives that govern them.

The team also went to the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, (KAIPTC), where they were received by the Deputy Commandant of the Centre, Brig Gen Benjamin Freeman Kusi. They were later briefed on the functions and activities of the Centre by the Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Ebenezer Anum-Tetteh.

The tour was climaxed with a visit to the Arts Centre and the Kwame Nkrumah Maussoleum.

The team has since left Ghana for South Africa. 

GAF promotes local agriculture among its personnel

Mr John Donkor stocking the pond with the fingerlings5 September 2012.  In an effort to encourage and promote local agriculture activities in the country and particularly within the military, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has taken delivery of 3000 fingerlings from the Aquarium Marshall Company to stock its fish pond located at GHQ (Camp), on Wednesday, 5 September 2012.

According to the Acting Camp Commandant, General Headquarters, Maj George Eli Afful, GAF, aside its constitutional mandate to defend and protect the territorial integrity of the country, GAF also wishes to encourage its personnel and the citizenry at large to cultivate the culture of maintaining small scale farming and thus grow and eat our own staples.

He noted that GAF had always sought to promote the culture of getting its troops to engage themselves in agriculture and was hopeful the move by the GHQ itself would go a long way to serve as motivation for the troops.

To ensure the survival of the fingerlings and sustainability of the project, Major Afful stated that the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, who has taken personal interest in the project, has directed the Support Services Brigade Group of GAF to provide water supply to ensure frequent changing of water in the pond.

He said that previous attempts at this same project failed, as it did not receive the needed attention, the situation he was hopeful, this time around was going to change with the keen interest of the CDS himself.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aquarium Marshall, an aquaculture company based in Accra, Mr John Donkor, who presented the fingerlings, said that they would monitor the progress of the project by visiting the site regularly, weighing the growth of the fingerlings and also give the quantity of needed feed.

This he said was to ensure utmost maintenance of the project and the realisation of the dream of GAF. He added the fingerlings hopefully would be ready for harvest in six months’ time.

Renew your commitment to the pursuit of peace- Lt Gen Smith

August 2012.     The Minister for Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith (rtd), has called on Muslims to renew their commitment to the pursuit of internal and world peace and preach unity and forgiveness which were the spirit of Eid. He said these were important messages now and will remain so long into the future.

The Minster said this in a message read on his behalf by the Chief Imam of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Lt Col Umar Sanda Ahmed, during the 2012 Eid-ul- fitr celebration at the Al-Aziz Central Mosque in Burma Camp on Sunday 19 August 2012.

The Minister urged the congregation to be committed to the virtues of loyalty, professionalism, self-discipline and steadfastness to serve as a beacon of hope to the country.

He noted, “the spiritual revival you have attained must imbue in you a genuine virtue of effective devotion, honest dedication and closeness to Allah throughout your future endeavours. Give practical demonstration of these virtues in your family life and civic responsibilities, as well as your professional careers”.

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, in his message exhorted the congregation to extol the same values of resilience, tenacity and patience that were part of the range of values the professional GAF sought to inculcate in all serving officers, men and women. 

He told them that it was only by demonstrating love and understanding for each other and the nation that they would have allowed their spiritual angle to impact on their mundane life as they persevered through this all-important religious observance. 

The Chief Imam of GAF, Lt Col Umar Sanda Ahmed, in his sermon made a passionate appeal to the congregation and the youth especially, to eschew violence and desist from making themselves tools to political violence as the nation prepared for the December polls.

He said, “as we inch towards elections in December, there is the greater need for all of us as Muslims, Christians and other faith believers to appreciate the real importance of peace not only for electoral purposes but also for daily interactions”.

He asked that patience coupled with a feeling for the poor anchored in creating an environment for peaceful co-existence should be a hallmark of every Muslim even after the Ramadan, adding that the Ramadan lesson of tolerance would only remain relevant if Muslims played their part as Ghanaian Muslims to ensure the sanctity of the electoral process and survival of the nation.

He concluded with a prayer for the family of the late Commander-in-Chief, Prof JEA Mills, saying that his legacy of peaceful co-existence was in tandem with the Islam scriptural injunction and it was his hope that the entire country would hold on to the rope of national unity by being each-others keeper.

The Chief Imam was also hopeful the sense of public service of the late President which was epitomised in humility and honesty would be a beacon to upcoming generations.

United States Defence Attaché calls on CDS

Lt Col Keith Blakely in a hand shake with the CDS, Lt Gen PA Blay11 September 2012.   The Defence Attaché of the United States of America (DA USA), Lt Col Keith Blakely, on Tuesday 11 September 2012, paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, in his office, to invite him to host an impending Exercise, code named “Exercise Western Accord 13”.

The Exercise he said was scheduled to take place at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), from 17 to 28 June 2013.

Lt Col Blakely led a three-man delegation which included, Lt Col Michael Ries, from African Command (AFRICOM) and Maj John Vanstenburg, officer in charge of security operations at the office of the Defence Attaché.

He also took the opportunity to introduce some newly appointed officers to the CDS and also delivered their request in respect of the exercise.

In his response, the CDS welcomed the delegation and said, “this meeting is an opportunity to generate how much we appreciate our association”. He further expressed the hope that such interactions would make the relationship between Ghana and the USA positive and strong. “We are ready to provide partnership requirements and support”, he assured.

Lt Gen Blay called on the DA to use his office to assist in the early completion of the main junction of the Accra-Aflao road leading to the Bundase Training Camp.

He also requested the assistance of the DA to help with the provision of rifles for the Camp, a situation he noted had been a problem for some time.


Volta Regional Minister lauds security services

24 August 2012.     The Volta Regional Minister, Honourable Henry Ford Karmal, has lauded efforts of the security services in the region especially during the recent impasse between Muslims and non-Muslim native youth of the Hohoe township.

Honourable Karmal who was speaking as the guest of honour at the 7 Garrison’s turn of Exercise Bridget (Ex Bridget), acknowledged the good conduct and the professional manner with which the security services handled the situation and helped to retain peace in the district.

He noted that Ex Bridget was a very significant programme with its purpose of bringing the security services in the Volta Region together to deliberate on security issues and work as a team to see to the sustenance of peace in the country.

The Minister urged commands of the 66 Artillery Regiment and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to come out with more of such programmes which would bring the security services and the civil public together to interact.

He recounted several instances where he received guidance and counseling from the security services on the different ways of handling issues that bothered on security in the region.

The Director General of Joint Operations and Plans, Brig Gen Daniel K Mishio informed the gathering the preparation the military high command was putting in place to make the 2012 general elections a success.

He said there were acquisition of new vehicles fitted with communication gadgets among others to facilitate good communication among troops who would be deplored to the region to help in the electoral process.

The various heads of the security agencies within the region also took turns to outline their plans and preparations towards the same course.

This years’ Ex Bridget was as part of activities in preparation towards the up-coming general elections in December.

The exercise saw participants drawn from the various sister security agencies within the Volta Region beside officers and men from 66 Artillery Regiment. There were participants from the Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana Immigration Service and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Service.

Prior to the games, the Deputy Volta Regional Director of Electoral Commission, Mr Selormey Dogbey Adukpo, took the personnel through the role of the security services in the general elections. He said the security services would be expected to protect the ballot boxes, ballot papers, and other election materials and also maintain law and order during voting and collation of ballots among others.

He urged them to seek clearance when the need arose from the appropriate quarters to clear all doubts and also when they were confronted with challenges.

Other personalities at the event were the Chief of Staff, General Headquarters, Cdre Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, General Officer Commanding, Southern Command, Brig Gen Matthew K Ahiaglo, Director General Training, Cdre Stephen K Darbo and the Forces Sergeant Major, CWO D Adu-Yaw.


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