Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Ghana Armed Forces
Press Release


The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to kindly inform all invited guests to the Ghana Military Academy Graduation Parade, that due to unforeseen circumstances, the ceremony has been rescheduled from Friday 23 October to THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 2015.

All invitees attending the ceremony at the Military Academy and Training Schools Parade Square are humbly requested to take note of the new date which is Thursday 22 October 2015 at 0800hrs.

Guests with invitation cards bearing the old date are kindly advised to use them as they are still valid and would be admissible for the event.   
The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to apologise for any inconveniences caused.


Lieutenant Commander
Deputy Director (Information and Press Relations)
for Director Public Relations


19 August 2016.  The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah- Arthur has expressed confidence in the newly appointed Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Rear Admiral Seth Amoama.

In brief remarks by His Excellency the Vice President, He acknowledged the hard work of the new Commandant over the years and therefore had no doubt at all in his leadership skills. He said this during the graduation ceremony of Course 37 of the Senior Division on Friday 19 August, 2016, at the premises of the college.

HE Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah- Arthur congratulated the graduating students and charged them to live up to expectation by exceeding the level of Course 26 of 2005 who have provided highly profiled personalities across the African continent.

“I have been informed that, Officers from the graduating course 26, 2005, are already holding important positions in their countries”. He cited examples as: Lt Gen John Milton, Chief of the Defence for the Sierra Leone Armed Forces, Lt Gen Eric Chimese, Commander of the Zambian Armed forces and several other key appointment holders in Africa.

The Commandant, GAFCSC, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama on behalf of the Staff College Control Board and the entire Staff College Community commended the graduands for a successful completion of the course. He also urged them to remain torch bearers of the institute and work hard to be outstanding ambassadors of the college.

He used the opportunity to announce the naming of the colleges’ auditorium after the first commandant of GAFCSC. The auditorium which is now to be known as the Hamidu Hall is in honour of Lt Gen Joshua Hamidu.

Lt Gen Hamidu was not only the first commandant but was the one given the task of establishing the College during the regime of Gen IK Acheampong.

Learn from your experienced superior officers – Lt Gen Hamidu (rtd)

A Former  Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Lt Gen Joshua Martin Hamidu (rtd), has advised students of Course 37 and weekend Masters Defence and International Politics (MDIP) to emulate their learned and experienced Superior Officers in order to build on their own capacities.

Speaking on the theme, “Building the Nation on a Solid Foundation” at a joint graduation Religious Parade for Course 37 and weekend MDIP on Sunday 14 August, 2016, Lt Gen Hamidu said, interacting with Senior and Retired Officers would offer them great opportunities to gain invaluable experience and acquire additional wealth of knowledge which could not be found in books.

“Through formal and informal interactions, you stand to gain a lot from them and I recommend that we should always take the opportunity when it presents itself. I humbly request all of us to keep in mind our responsibilities towards building a nation on a solid foundation”, he noted.

Lt Gen Hamidu, who was the first to be appointed Commandant of the College when it was established, urged the students to exhibit mature leadership qualities, communication skills and sound knowledge in military science and Global development. Again, he stated that the students were expected to understand the changing roles of the Armed Forces and the need for more cooperation between the military and civil authorities.

The Guest Preacher, who happened to be the former Director of Religious Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces and currently the District Minister in charge of the Teshie Presbyterian Churches, Rev (Col) David Adoteye-Asare (rtd), in a brief sermon touched on the need to tackle corruption in the society.

British High Commissioner calls on COAS

The British High Commissioner, His Excellency Jon Benjamin has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Major General Obed Boamah Akwa at the Army Headquarters on Friday 12th August, 2016.

The purpose of his visit was to congratulate him on his appointment as the Chief of the Army Staff and also to deliberate on peaceful measures to be instituted and outlined the United Kingdom’s support towards the upcoming general elections.

The British High Commissioner, stressed on the important role played by the military in ensuring security especially during times of elections and appealed for all to maintain the existing peace the country is currently enjoying.

He added that the UK was willing to support the country in the areas of finance, infrastructure and also to boost the operational capacity of the Ghana Armed Forces. He further expressed that in the areas of terrorism, there was the desire to improve upon Ghana’s terrorism capacity.

Major General Obed Boamah Akwa made a presentation of a plaque bearing the Army Headquarters logo to the British High Commissioner and thanked him for his visit.

Ghana Armed Forces Mourns Komla Dumor

The Ghana Armed Forces has learnt with utter shock and consternation the untimely and sudden death of the ace Broadcaster Komla Dumor. Mr Komla Dumor over the years has since taking up broadcast journalism, came to the Ghana Armed Forces as a very serious, patriotic, nationalist, committed and dedicated Ghanaian. His work provided the Armed Forces leverage to project the sterling qualities and exploits of our troops.

He was often recognized as the voice of the Armed Forces during his stint at Joy FM before he left the shores of Ghana. He was always on top of issues in reference to the military and some of us considered him as a defence correspondent.

The latest time he had connection with the Armed Forces was early last year (2013) when we were deploying troops to the African Mission in Mali (AFISMA). On that occasion he spoke to the Director of Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces in the quest to bring more information on Ghana’s role in that operation to the wider international world.

The media fraternity has lost an icon but the Ghana Armed Forces has lost a friend, compatriot and a gem. We pray for the Almighty to give him peaceful and eternal rest in his bosom and bless his soul. May the family he has left behind also find pace, comfort and strength in the lord.

The Military High Command on behalf of the Armed Forces also expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family and the media fraternity.

Komla Dumor, compatriot, Fare thee Well. Rest in perfect peace.

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