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Ghana Armed Forces
Training, Key to Success - Maj Gen Abdulai (rtd)
News

Maj Gen Abdulai inspects a Quarter Guard before the 1 Signal WASSA.16 January 2015.  The former Commandant of Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Maj Gen Amadu Kardo Abdulai has urged personnel of the 1 Signal Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces to remain resolute in safeguarding the peace, security and territorial integrity of Ghana.

Maj Gen Abdulai said all nations require peace and stability for sustained growth and national development. These he said are conditions that can only be met with a secure and safe environment, the preserve of the Armed Forces in collaboration with other security services.  He said this at the annual celebration of West Africa Soldiers Social Activities (WASSA) on Friday 16 January 2015.

Maj Gen Abdulai added that, sophisticated modern equipment will be useless without well trained personnel to man and operate them. “Training is bloodless war and war is bloody training” he emphasised.

The Director of Communications, Col Alobawone, asked for God’s protection for the Taskforce led by the Commanding officer, Signal Training School (STS) Lt Col Amisah Mensah currently serving with the United Nation Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).

Awards presented to hard working personnel.Col Alobawone congratulated all ranks for their performance and urged them to raise the standard higher this year. Present at the occasion were, Commander Support Service Brigade, Brig Gen Mussah Whajah, the Acting Commanding Officer of 1 Signal Regiment, Maj Godwin Azera, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) Mr Kofi Attoh, Senior Officers both serving and retired among many other dignitaries.

Awards were presented to the best department and other personnel who outstandingly performed their duties with diligence, competence and hard work.

 
Ghana Sports Excellence Awards comes off in Grand Style
News

CO MP, Lt Col  Bawah Zibrim Ayorrogo receiving the Best Security Service Award.11 January 2015.      The maiden edition of the Ghana Sports Excellence Awards has taken place at the British Council on Friday 9 January, 2015.

The awards ceremony was organised to recognise the importance of sports and acknowledge the contribution of various individuals and organisations that have helped to promote sports in Ghana over the 2014 sports calendar year.

Speaking at the event, His Excellency Kaoru Yoshimura, Ambassador of Japan to Ghana, Guest of Honour for the occasion commended all the gallant men and women who performed exceptionally in their various disciplines and made Ghana proud in 2014.

H.E Kaoru Yoshimura touched on the remarkable collaboration between Ghana and Japan in the area of sports. He hoped that, such kind of exchange of people and sports between both countries will continue to flourish and subsequently create new dimensions of the already good relations that exist.

He acknowledged that, 2014 was a special year for the Japanese sports community. It marked the Golden Jubilee, 50 years since Japan hosted the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964.   It was at these Games that ‘Judo’ was officially included as an Olympic game for the first time, he added.

Over 30 awards were given out on the day. These were segmented into various categories such as Best Sports reporter, Best Sports Artiste, Best Sponsor in Sports and other categories

Best male athlete went to Judoka Razak Abugri, Martha Bisa was adjudged Best female athlete and the Boxing legend Award went to Professor Azuma Nelson.

Also the Best Supporters Group, Best Sporting Club and Best Security Service awards went to the Die Hard Supporters Group, Kumasi Asante Kotoko and the Ghana Military Police respectively.

In his remarks after winning the award, Lieutenant Colonel Bawah Zibrim Ayorrogo, Commanding Officer, Ghana Military Police, expressed his delight in the honour done him and the Ghana Armed Forces at large.

Lt Col Ayorrogo added that, individuals and organizations should put in their maximum effort in all endeavours because you will not know who might be watching and reward your efforts in the near future.

Present at the occasion were, Mr Benson Tongo Baba, former president of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Noella Wiyala, musician, representatives from the National Sports Authority and representatives from various media houses.

 
Let’s Establish Maintenance Culture in GAF – Brig Gen Musah (rtd)
News

9 January 2015.    Brig Gen Braimah Musah (rtd) has urged personnel of the 48 Engineer Regiment to have a well-established maintenance culture, since their construction role in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) depends on mBrig Gen Braimah Musah (rtd) addressing the gathering odern efficient equipment.

He noted that the Unit’s primary operational role is to support the fighting Units of the Armed Forces, thus the need to train and constantly practice to be able to execute these tasks effectively and efficiently. He therefore charged everybody in the Great Sapper Fraternity to hold the flag of the Unit high and aspire to excel in whatever capacity they found themselves.

Brig Gen Musah, who was the guest of honour, said this during the end of year, 2014 West African Soldiers Social Activities  (WASSA) held at the Coker-Appiah square of the 48 Engineer Regiment (Regt) on 9 January, 2015.

He commended the Unit for their rapid and swift response to emergency situations over the period, together with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), in flooding,operations and social interventions in the areas of roads and building constructions and other national emergencies. 

Brig Gen Musah congratulated the Commanding Officer (CO), Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Adjei Wiafe, Engineer Training School (CAETS) for his innovation and effort at introducing new courses including disaster management at the school and also, for attaining a second cycle institution status recognized by the Ghana Education Service to train, improve and prepare soldiers for the task ahead.

He acknowledged awards for  outstanding performances given to the best instructor, best Sapper, best school and the best five pupils who excelled in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and added, “this should push you on to achieve higher laurels.”

Brig Gen Musah also used the occasion to bid farewell to the 1988/89 year groups who have served the colours for over 25 years and welcomed them to the retired sappers’ fraternity.

The Commanding Officer (CO) of the unit, Lieutenant (Lt) Colonel (Col) Richard Agbeko Kinney, commended all personnel in the Unit and the Coker Appiah Engineer Training School for the distinctive discharge of their duties both in the Service and the civil front.

He described the occasion as an event of thanks giving to the Almighty God, merry-making, appreciation and acknowledgement of hard work, dedication to duty, and display of loyalty during the past year.

Lt Col Agbeko in his remarks thanked Brig Gen Musah for making time with them and urged personnel of the Unit to show equal commitment, hard-work and loyalty to ensure success in all future deployment.

The CO immensely thanked Lt Col KuntCO 48 Regiment, Lt Col Kinney Agbeko addressing the gathering.z and his German Advisory Group (GMAG) for their unflinching support. He also appreciated the continuous support of the Agriculture Development Bank (ADB), GOIL Ghana Limited, United Africa Bank (UBA) Teshie branch, and Ghana Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

A minute silence was observed in honour of the departed souls of the unit within the year, 2014.

Present at the WASSA were; GOC Southern Command Brig Gen Sampson Kudjo Adeti, Maj Gen Richardson Baiden (rtd), Maj Gen Adu-Amanfoh (rtd), Maj Gen Modey (rtd),  Col Coker-Appiah (rtd), Senior Officers both serving and retired, the Kpeshie Divisional Police Commander ACP Gyan Kyereko, the Municipal Chief Executive of  La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly  (LADMA) and Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA), the MD ADB Mr Steve Kpordzi, the MD GOIL Mr Akorli, Commanding Officers, officers, Men, Women Civilian Employees, and Spouses.







 
5th Infantry Battalion Holds WASSA
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CO 5 Bn, Lt Col JKO Ampadu delivering a Speech.9 January 2015.   As part of the Christmas and New Year festivity, the 5 lnfantry Battalion organised West African Social Services Activities (WASSA) at the Battalion Headquarters, Burma Camp on 9 January, 2015.

WASSA which is celebrated every year in all the Units of the Armed Forces brings together troops to make merry and creates good working relationship among themselves and to take stock of the state of affairs in the Units.

The Guest of Honour for the occasion, Lt Col (rtd) Kwesi Oteng, a former Commanding Officer of the Unit in his address congratulated the 1988/89 year group for serving the colours successfully and welcomed them into the fold of the retirees. He wished them a happy integration into the civil world and appealed to the entire leadership of the GAF to ensure that Officers and men are well prepared for their retirement.

Lt Col Oteng added that he was impressed with the continuous support the Unit provides to the civil Police for maintaining peace and security in the Greater Accra Region.

He encouraged all and sundry to continue working hard in all other operations under taken by unit especially “Operation Halt” which is aimed at reducing the devastation caused to our forest as a result of illegal chainsaw and mining operations. He advised that troops desist from negative acts such as armed robbery, land guard, extortion and work hard to earn reputation and good image for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

CO 5 Bn, Lt Col JKO Ampadu delivering a Speech.Lt Col Oteng commended the WASSA planning committee, and the Sponsors for their assistance and the caterers for providing the sumptuous meals. He also thanked the troops for their immense contribution given to the Commanding Officer (CO) to steer the affairs of the Unit. 

Present at the occasion were; the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon Isaac Nii Djanmah Vandepuye, the Greater Accra Regional  Police Commander, DCOP Christian Yohonu, Municipal Chief Executive, La-Dadekotopon Hon Rita Odele Sowah, High Military Officers ,the Forces Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Owusu Dickson , civilian employees and families.

 
Military engineers construct Nyagbo-Konda road
General News

Engineers of the 48 Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), have commenced construction of a three point seventy-five kilometer (3.75km) road at Nyagbo-Konda in the Hohoe South District of the Volta Region.

The road, which is funded by the Government of Ghana, when completed would ease the movement of goods and and people from the Konda junction up into the hills of Nyagbo to the village of Konda situated high in the mountains.

The Chairman of the Road Committee of Konda, Ex-WOII Akpakli John, and some opinion leaders of the Community, have revealed that due to the lack of accessible roads to the village, there had not been any developmental projects in the area since the village was created many years ago.

They said that in instance where people fell critically ill or pregnant women were in labour, there was difficulty conveying them from the top of the hill to any nearest clinic. The residents noted that many civilian contractors had tried but failed to construct the road due to the mountainous and rocky nature of the terrain and that the 48 Engineer Regiment when contacted immediately came with their equipment ever poised to finish the project on time.

It was also gathered that residents of Konda, both young and old,  had to meander their way through the very dangerous slopes of the mountain to and fro several times daily to do their business and also access certain basic necessities.

The people were therefore very grateful to the 48 Engineer Regiment and GAF for accepting to construct the road for them. They promised to render their full support to the military engineers in the construction work.

The Officer in Charge of the project, Capt Ampadu Bernasco, indicated that the project officially began in October 2011, and was scheduled to be completed in 18 months. He said the construction involved bitumen surfacing of the 3.75km road up into the mountains to the Konda village and also construction of drainage systems in the virtually virgin area where no such developmental activities had ever taken place.

He said the project was very significant to the people of the area. Aside improving upon business in the area it would also create jobs for some youth in the Community who would be contracted to assist in the construction.

Capt Bernasco also noted that the fact that soldiers were working on the project had given the people a sense of security and the military through the project had established some cordial relationship with the locals which it hoped to maintain and strengthen in the days ahead.

He indicated that though the rains were proving to be too much, the military engineeconstruction of drainage systemsrs were poised to complete the road as scheduled.

In a related development, the 48 Engineer Regiment has also been contracted to renovate key infrastructure that were destroyed during the clash between Muslims and non-Muslim residents of Hohoe recently.

The renovation projec, expected to last for four weeks, covers the Chief's Palace which was badly affected among other structures. Work was progressing steadily as at the time our reporter visited the District.

The Officer in Charge of the renovation, Capt Seth Paul Essien, has given the assurance that the soldiers on ground were working tirelessly to restore all the destroyed facilities and that the project was going on successfully. He was hopeful the job would be completed on schedule.    


 
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