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C-in-C commends GAF for its display of loyalty and support to the nation.

20 December 2012. The President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), HE John Dramani Mahama has re-echoed his commendation to the security agencies especially GAF for their wonderful display of loyalty and support to the nation in providing security during the just ended presidential and parliamentary elections, “your contribution to a large extent ensured the successful conduct of the December elections and I am most grateful,” he added.

In his opening remarks in a meeting with members of the GAF Council at the Ministry of Defence on Thursday 20 December 2012, the President also expressed his commendation to GAF for their role in international peace support operations over the years and was hopeful they would continue to make the nation proud in subsequent operations.

The meeting was for the president in his capacity as C-in-C of GAF to confer with the Council to deliberate on pertinent issues which were very important to the enhancement of GAF.

HE Mahama assured the Hon Minister of Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith that government under his administration was determined to facilitate the establishment of the Forward Operating Base (FOB) in the Western Region to ensure the safety and security of Ghana’s maritime domain and strategic installations.

He recounted the numerous military equipment, aircraft, naval vessels and other platforms that GAF had received during the administration of the late Professor Mills to enable it effectively perform its constitutional mandate of providing security to Ghanaians. He stressed that his administration would continue in the same stead especially with the discovery, production and distribution of oil and gas in the country that had added another dimension to the country’s security challenges.

The President also noted that he was aware of the various challenges confronting personnel especially with respect to the provision of decent accommodation. He stated that it was the determination of his government to seriously pursue and implement an aggressive housing scheme for the personnel. He took the opportunity to inform GAF Council members that parliament was currently considering some proposals by both foreign and local companies to construct housing units for personnel.

The President ended with the hope of counting on GAF’s continuous loyalty, commitment and support to enable government pursue its programmes in an atmosphere of peace and security.

The Minister for Defence Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd), for his part outlined some of the several benefits GAF had enjoyed under the watch of the President when he was Vice President and Chairman of the Council. He mentioned the passing of the Veterans Administration, Ghana 2012 Act (Act 844) into law as a spectacular achievement.

He also mentioned some other expectations of GAF from the government which he said were factored in the GAF Strategic Plan, “it is our fervent prayer and expectation that this plan will materialise during your next tour of duty”.

As part of the agenda for the meeting, Rear Admiral JY Adoko (Rtd) was sworn in as a new member to the Council.

The Ghana Armed Forces Council comprises, the Vice President Mr Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur as, the Minister for Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith, the Minister for Interior, Mr Williams Aboah, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni and the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay.

The rest are, the Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen Joseph Narh Adinkrah, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Matthew Quarshie, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson Oje and the Forces Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Adu Yaw Daniel.

President Mahama applauds security services for supervising peaceful polls

3 January 2013. The President and Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), HE John Dramani Mahama has applauded the collaborative effort displayed by the various security agencies in ensuring peaceful elections in 2012. The President made the observation when he addressed members of GAF, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service and other allied security services after a route march which took troops through some principal streets in Accra on Thursday 3 January 2013.

HE John Mahama was without doubt that the support of the security services in the just ended elections was well planned and executed throughout the country.  He appreciated the inter-agency cooperation and interoperability which had led to ensuring internal security during the period, “the peaceful and successful outcome of the elections was due to the effective role the gallant men and women of the security services played collaboratively.”

He noted that all well meaning Ghanaians had expressed their gratitude and admiration for the security services and had reaffirmed and rekindled their confidence in them, urging them to remain steadfast and resolute in their continuous loyalty and commitment to upholding the defence of the country’s sovereignty and freedom at all times.

HE John Mahama noted that government would continue to support the services with the necessary equipment and other amenities that would enable them execute their mandate within whatever limited resources they had. The continuous reequipping of the security services, he noted, would make them combat ready to react and respond quickly to any emergency or task that they would be given.

He commended all the services across the country who had taken part in the route march especially members from the sister security services for their discipline and strength in completing the exercise.

He also congratulated the personnel for the display of esprit de corps which he added clearly demonstrated their unity of purpose as security services of Ghana and called for the institutionalisation of the route march to become a regular part of GAF’s annual calendar.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Lt Gen PA Blay on his part commended all present for the display of commitment, fitness, courage, enthusiasm, readiness and discipline. He noted that the joint exercise was a demonstration of the ever readiness of the security services to cooperate for the internal and external security of the country, “Ghana always needs us to sustain the peace and tranquility that prevails and not just this, but we will always rise up to the occasion,” he emphasised.

The personnel moved from the El Wak Sports Stadium to Akuafo Circle, through the Obasanjo Highway, Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Nima Roundabout to the Nima Police Station through  to the Ako-Adjei Interchange. They continued to the Flag Staff House, Christ the King Catholic Church, Cantonments Post Office and back to the El-Wak Sports Stadium.

The exercise, organised by GAF, was to foster close relations and strengthen the cohesion among the various security services in the country, it was simultaneously carried out across the ten regions in the country.

Profile of Ghana’s fourth President and Commander-in-Chief of GAF under the Fourth Republic, John Dramani Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama, fourth President of the fourth Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of GAFPresident John Mahama was born on November 29, 1958 at Damongo, in the Northern Region of Ghana.

He is a communications expert, historian, writer, former Member of Parliament and Minister of State, and immediate former Vice-President of Ghana.

He ascended to the high office of President following the death of the incumbent President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday, July 24 in Accra.

President Mahama's father, Mr Emmanuel Adama Mahama was the first Member of Parliament for the West Gonja Constituency and the first Regional Commissioner of the Northern Region during Ghana's First Republic.

After completing his education, President Mahama went on to pursue an additional postgraduate diploma in social psychology at the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow, and returned to Ghana from 1991 to 1996. He worked as Information, Culture and Research Officer at the Embassy of Japan in Accra.

He moved on to work with PLAN International, Ghana, as International Relations, Sponsorship Communications and Grants Manager.

An eloquent champion of the underprivileged, President Mahama was first elected to the Parliament of Ghana in 1996 to represent the Bole/Bamboi Constituency for a four-year term.

In April 1997, President Mahama was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications. He rose to become the substantive Minister of Communications by November 1998; it was a position he held until January 2001 when the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which was then the ruling party, handed over power to the newly elected New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration when the NDC lost the December 2000 elections.

In 2000, President Mahama was re-elected for another four-year term as the MP for the Bole/Bamboi Constituency. He was again re-elected in 2004 for a third term.

From 2001 to 2004, President Mahama served as the Minority Parliamentary Spokesman for Communications and in 2002 he was appointed the Director of Communications for the NDC.

That same year, he served as a member of the team of international observers selected to monitor Zimbabwe's Parliamentary Elections.

During his tenure as Minister of Communications, President Mahama also served as the Chairman of the National Communications Authority, in which capacity he played a key role in stabilizing Ghana's telecommunications sector after it was deregulated in 1997.

President Mahama also served as a member of the National Economic Management Team, a founding member of the Ghana AIDS Commission, a member of the implementation committee of the 2000 National Population Census, and a deputy chairman of the Publicity Committee for the re-introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Continuing to expand his interest and involvement in international affairs, in 2003 President Mahama became a member of the Pan-African Parliament, serving as the Chairperson of the West African Caucus.

In 2005 he was, additionally, appointed the Minority Spokesman for Foreign Affairs. He served in these capacities until 2008, when he was handpicked to become the running-mate to the then NDC presidential candidate, Professor John Evans Atta Mills.

President Mahama has seven children. He is married to Mrs. Lordina Mahama.

He is a Christian, who believes in the importance of respect for and tolerance of, other faiths and forms of worship in a nation as diverse and peaceful as Ghana.

He has a keen interest in environmental affairs, particularly the problem of plastic pollution in Africa, which he has committed himself to addressing during his tenure as Vice President.

President Mahama loves to read. He is also an avid writer and has had numerous articles published nationally and internationally.

His first book, "My First Coup d'État and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa", was published by Bloomsbury on July 3, 2012.

President Mahama stood on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Election 2012 and was declared winner of presidential poll by the Electoral Commission.

He polled 5,574,761 representing 50.70 per cent as against his close contender, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who had 5,248,898 of the valid votes cast, representing 47.74 per cent.

President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in to office on Monday 7 January 2013 by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, as President of the Republic of Ghana. He, thus, becomes the sixth President under the Fourth Republic.

President Mahama calls for sober reflection of the year 2012

3 January 2013. HE John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief (C-IN-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has called on personnel of the security services and the entire nation to use the New Year season as a period for sober reflection, renewal of faith and stock taking of the past year. “When we do this as a nation, as individuals and as institutions, we will be able to correct any short falls and redouble our efforts to achieve and maintain national cohesion and excellence,” he noted.

Sharing his thoughts with personnel after a route march organised by GAF on Thursday 3 January, the President was thankful to the Almighty God for all He had done for Ghana throughout the previous year. The C-in-C used the occasion to salute the noble men and women in uniform in addition to the National Disaster Management Organisation for the remarkable rescue operation that they conducted during the Melcom disaster which led to the saving of the lives of about 60 people, who were trapped in the building.

He mentioned the death of the sitting President, Professor John Evans Attah Mills, the former Vice President, Mr Aliu Mahama and the Volta Regional Minister, Hon Ford Karmel as some tragedies the country went through last year. “I cannot recall all the misfortune that befell us last year as a nation but in spite of all the setbacks, we as a nation have a lot to thank God for and to congratulate ourselves in our efforts to build a better Ghana,” the C-in-C said.

The President also commended personnel of the security services for their commitment and professionalism in the conduct of their duties while urging them to rise up to the challenges which would confront the country in the New Year.

John Mahama sworn in as President

7 January 2013.   John Dramani Mahama, winner of the December 7 and 8 elections has been sworn in as the 4th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana.

John Mahama was sworn in by the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Wood at an impressive ceremony attended by several dignitaries including former Presidents Jerry Rawlings and John Kufuor and hundreds of Ghanaians.

Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah was also sworn into office by the Chief Justice at the event grounds at the Independence Square in Accra.

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