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Ghana Armed Forces
CDS Commends Bukom Banku

15 May 2013. The Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie has commended World Cruiser Weight Boxing Champion (WCWBC) and International World Boxing Champion (IWBC), Brimah Kamoko, properly known as ‘Bukom Banku,’ for his dedication, enthusiasm and approach to his profession.

He gave the commendation when Mr Kamoko paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Burma Camp on Wednesday 15 May, 2013.

Mr Kamoko stated the call was to dedicate his WCWBC Title Belt to the CDS and also to congratulate him on his new appointment. In an interaction, Bukom Banku appealed to the CDS to consider recruiting boxers and youth from Bukom into the military.

The CDS however used the opportunity to enlighten him on the various requirements that enables one to be recruited into the military. He added that the Ghana Armed Forces does not indulge in favouritism but gives equal opportunity to anyone who meets the required standard for recruitment.

Vice Admiral Quashie later presented a plaque to him and urged him to keep up the good works by making Ghana proud in international boxing.                                                     

Col Joseph Boampong Takes over as Acting GOC, Northern Command

16 May 2013. Colonel Joseph Boampong has taken over as the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Northern Command of the Ghana Army. He took over from Major General Richard Opoku-Adusei, the former GOC who is now the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), on Thursday 16 May 2013, in Kumasi.

The handing/taking over ceremony commenced with the Acting GOC, Col Boampong, inspecting a quarter guard at the Command Headquarters. Afterwards, a ceremonial guard of honour was also mounted for Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei.

Col Boampong was later briefed by the Staff Officers on the Operational, Administrative and Logistics matters of the Command.

Following this, the COAS and the Acting GOC paid a courtesy call on the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon Eric Opoku, the Mayor of Kumasi, Hon Kojo Bonsu and the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Samuel Nii Odei.

Prior to this event, Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei and Col Boampong had visited the 3 Infantry Battalion at Liberation Barracks, Sunyani.

Brig Gen SM Adams Hands Over Office of COS to Brig Gen B Saagbul

17 May 2013. The Acting Chief of Staff  (COS) at the General Headquarters, Brig Gen SM Adams has handed over his duties to Brig Gen B Saagbul, the immediate past Director-General of Personnel Administration, on Friday 17 May 2013.

At a short handing/taking over ceremony, Brig Gen Adams assured his successor that he had a very capable and hardworking staff that would ensure the smooth running of the Chief of Staff’s Office.

Brig Gen Adams handed over the staff of office to Brig Gen Saagbul who pledged to put in his best to continue from where his predecessors had left off.

Earlier, the two called on the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral GM Biekro, a former COS. The CNS also gave Brig Gen Saagbul an in-depth briefing on some important points in relation to the COS’ office.

Cdre S K Darbo takes over as FOC Eastern Naval Command

May 14 2013. Cdre S K Darbo, immediate past Director-General Training, at the General Headquarters in Burma camp, has taken over command as the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command (ENC).

This follows the appointment of the out-going FOC, Cdre EA Bonsu, as the Commandant of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Teshie.

At a handing/taking over ceremony at the ENC Junior Rates Mess on Tuesday, May 14 2013, the out-going FOC, who also doubled as the 1 Garrison Commander, commended personnel of the Command and the Garrison for their co-operation and support during his tenure.

Cdre Bonsu described Cdre Darbo, the in-coming FOC, as a seasoned and knowledgeable Senior officer, under whose leadership the ENC will soar to greater heights.  He urged personnel of ENC and the Garrison to keep up the good work and give Cdre Darbo the necessary support.

Don’t Abuse the Integrity of the Ghana Armed Forces - COAS

8 May 2013. The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Major General Richard Opoku–Adusei, has cautioned military personnel to desist from any act that is at variance to the traditions, customs, values and integrity of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

He entreated military personnel to rather abide by the regulations of GAF and exhibit a high level of professionalism and discipline in the discharge of their duties. Additionally, he reiterated that no military personnel was above the law and that anyone who flouted the law would face the full rigours of it.

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei said these during interaction with troops at the at Barwah Barracks, Airborne Force in Tamale on Thursday, 8 May 2013, while on a 3-day working tour of the  6 Garrison.

In reference to media reports of alleged assault on some civilians, COAS appealed to personnel to display civility, professionalism and exercise maximum restraint and circumspection while conducting their assigned tasks. “Try to protect civilians at all times so that they place confidence in you”.

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei also called on troops to work and cooperate effectively with Security Services and other stakeholders to ensure progress and national stability. “For the sake of national unity and cohesion, it is always important the military works in tandem with the Police and other civil authorities”.

COAS expressed appreciation to the media for their continued support for GAF activities and programmes and hoped the cordial relationship that exists between the two institutions would be strengthened.

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei later updated the troops on some developmental plans that the Service had put in place and called on personnel to exercise restraint while pragmatic steps were taken to address the challenges of the Units.

COAS also commended troops for distinguishing themselves creditably and solidly holding the flag of Ghana while on international peace support operations. He urged troops to continue to achieve more laurels for the GAF and the country.

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei was in the 6 Garrison to observe at first hand the status of operational readiness of the Units. The tour was also to enable him identify challenging areas so as to be in the best position to address them and also to interact with the troops.
As part of his iternary, he paid a visit to the Daboya Training Camp, where Officers were undergoing Practical Promotion Examination, (PROMEX).

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