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Ghana Armed Forces
Soldiers Advised to remain non Partisan - COAS

COAS (middle), Commander Southern Command in a group photograph with staff of Southern Command.12 August 2014.  The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Richard Kwame Opoku- Adusei has urged personnel of Southern Command to continue to remain politically neutral and subject themselves to democratic control in the discharge of their duties.

He said the Ghana Armed Forces has gained national and international recognition because of its professional role in international peacekeeping and the professional manner the Officers, and Men discharge their duties.

Major General Adusei said he has much confidence in the Armed Forces and commended troops in Southern Command for their loyalty.

He said these when he paid a working visit to the Headquaters Southern Command at the Kpeshie District on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. He mentioned that the aim of his visit was to familiarize, update himself with the projects and existing situations, as well as challenges in the unit with the view of developing strategies to tackle them.

The Chief of Army Staff visited an ongoing renovation block, Medical Reception Station (MRS), the laboratory, armoury within the unit where he inspected various structures and interacted with troops and civilian employees.

COAS addressing troops under Southern Command.On civil military relations, Maj Gen OPoku-Adusei emphasized the need for soldiers to build a good working environment with their civilian counterparts so that civilians would have trust and confidence in the military. He used the occasion to advise troops to revisit some of the good military traditions of the past, particularly the drill and duties competition.   He also stressed on the need for troops to take their basic fitness test seriously.

The General Officer Commanding the Southern Command, Brig Gen Sampson Adeti gave an over view of the roles and responsibilities of the unit, several threats and challenges confronting the headquaters were also outlined.

Full text of President John Dramani Mahama’s State of the Nation address delivered on Friday 4 January 2013 to officially dissolve the Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic

 Friday, 04 January 2013

Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament,

His Excellency, the Vice President,

Her Ladyship, the Chief Justice,

Honourable Members of our August Parliament,

In accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana, I appear before you to deliver a message on the state of our nation prior to the dissolution of the 5th Parliament of the 4th Republic.

I undertake this task, with mixed feelings. The 5th Parliament of the 4th Republic started with His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills as President. Indeed he took his oath of office before this very august body.


VEEP Praises Graduands of Course 35

VEEP presenting the overall best student award to Maj MK Mfum.

8 August 2014.   The Vice President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has congratulated 66 graduating students of course 35 of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), for a successful completion of an 11-month intensive Senior Division Course on Friday, 8 August 2014.

Mr Amissah-Arthur, who was the guest of honour, commended the staff of the college also, for developing a number of modules such as Defence Management, Conflicts and Crisis, Exclusive Economic Zone, and Integrated Peace Support, adding that their efforts paved way for Ministries, Public and Private institutions and countries in Africa to partake in the course.

He stressed the consistent efforts being made by the college to improve on its academic standard by seeking accreditation to begin a Masters Programme in Defence and International Politics scheduled for next January. He expressed appreciation to institutions supporting the college to expand the field of study, citing Consolidated Discount House Limited for providing financial support that enabled the college to complete the installation and expansion of internet infrastructure and facilities. Praising the company for sponsoring Best Academic Student Award, Mr Amissah-Arthur appealed to other corporate bodies to support the college.

The Vice President urged the graduates to consistently make choices beneficial to the nation, based on the professional and traditional values imbued in them by the college. “To whom much has been given much is expected and therefore I expect you to make decisions subject to scrutiny”, he emphasised. Commending foreign students, he asked them to put to practice knowledge acquired from the school for the development of their respective countries.

In his address, the Commandant of the school, Air Vice Marshal Issifu Sakib Kadri, said that the graduating students from the Ghana Army, the Ghana Navy and the Ghana Air Force, Narcotics Control Board, and Ghana Fire Service, reported in September, 2013. He mentioned Nigeria, Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Malawi and Zimbabwe as countries which took part in the course.

VEEP delivering his address.The Commandant disclosed that the college’s curriculum comprised three components namely: Core Programme, Curriculum Enrichment Programme, and Academic Programmes. He explained that the Core Programme emphasised traditional and military or defence and security studies as well as Leadership, Command, and Staff duties. This, he said, led to the award of the Staff College (psc) Certificate.

He added that the curriculum enrichment programme offered students the opportunity to research in selected subject areas in some African countries. The African studies tour, he disclosed, was a very crucial component of the course package, designed to enhance the students’ research capabilities in a foreign environment, and also to broaden the understanding of the international geo-politics. He pointed out that the selected areas of tour included the Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria and Togo.

He recalled that since 1960, the Ghana Armed Forces had been participating in International Peace Support Operations, which, together with other imperatives of the global system, informed the decision to venture into academic programmes that would arm graduates of GAFCSC with the requisite knowledge and qualification to be abreast of modern trends.

The overall best student award went to Maj MK Mfum. Awards were also presented to students who excelled during the course. Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy was received by seven graduands from the University of Ghana while 15 of them received Master of Arts Degree in Governance and Leadership.

Present at the occasion included the Minister for Defence, Hon Benjamin Kumbour, the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, and Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Richard Opoku Adusei.

Defence Minister Visits General Headquarters of Ghana Armed Forces

CDS briefs the Minister and the deputy at his office13 August 2014.   The Minister for Defence, Hon. Dr Benjamin Bewa-Nyong Kunbuor, accompanied by his Deputy, Mr Alex Segbefia, and the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr Alidu Fuseini, has paid a working visit to the General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces, on 13 August, 2014.

He was met on arrival by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, after which he inspected a guard of honour, mounted by the Ghana Navy with the Navy Band in attendance. 

The Minister and his entourage were later given a comprehensive brief by the Director General of Plans, Research, and Development, Air Commodore IR Wayoe, followed by a renewal of loyalty by the CDS, on behalf of the military, to the Commander In Chief, and the Minister, saying that the security and peace of the country was their topmost priority.

The Minister later toured the headquarters of the three services; namely Army, Air Force, and Navy.  The Commanders of these Services namely; Major General Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei, Air Vice Marshal Samson-Oje, and Vice Admiral Godfred Mawuli Biekro, respectively, briefed the Minister at their headquarters within Burma Camp, before handing over to their Chief Staff Officers to brief the entourage on specific issues. 

At the Army Headquarters, the Director of Army Operations, Colonel Robert Affram, took the entourage through the structure, logistics, manpower, and operations of the Army whilst at the Air Force Headquarters, the Chief Staff Officer, Air Commodore Morgan Nyadodui, also briefed the delegation.

Commodore Mark Yawson, Chief Staff Officer, Ghana Navy, was the one who briefed the Minister at the Navy Headquarters.  He said that despite the improvements made in equipping the Ghana Navy, the increasing challenges and demands of maritime security have called for the need to bring the Ghana Navy to a more modern standard. He, however, described the maritime territory of the nation as safe. 

Responding, the Minister said that his tour was fruitful, as it gave him a deeper insight into the workings of the Armed Forces and its challenges.  He assured the military high command that he was going to give immediate attention to those challenges that demanded urgency.

The Minister was later taken on a tour to inspect some self-help projects at the Naval Headquarters.  He commended the military high command in general and the Chief of the Naval Staff in particular on their efforts to sustain and develop the military.  

Defence Minister Hands-over Command

The in-coming Minster, Hon Benjamin Kumbuor signing the handing over certificate.05 August, 2014.    Honourable Mark Owen Woyongo has officially handed over the Ministerial duties of Defence to Hon Benjamin Kumbuor at a short ceremony at the forecourt of the Defence Ministry near the 37 lorry station on Tuesday, 05 August, 2014.

Appointed Minister for Defence in February, 2013 by President John Dramani Mahama, the Commander -in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Hon Woyongo took advantage of his rich experience in communications and public relations to build positively on the achievements of his predecessors in reconstructing the image and strength of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Armed Forces, and the Veterans Administration, Ghana

In spite of the short tenure of his duties, the out-going Minster made sure that programmes to modernise the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) were kept on course. Examples of such laudable initiatives were securing of a USD 300,000,000 funding to purchase materiel for peacekeeping contingents in Lebanon, South Sudan, Congo, and Mali so that the contingents could fully migrate onto the Wet Lease system.  He also played a key role in the drive to acquire Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Ghana Navy to enable it to effectively and efficiently protect the maritime resources of the country.  He also pursued a programme to re-equip the Air Force with helicopter gunships and a modern Flying Training School at the Ghana Air Force Base in Tamale.

Hon Woyongo disclosed that a request had been submitted to the Presidency for approval to establish a Special Forces Training School. This school, he said, became very relevant since specially-trained personnel would be required to deal with what he described as emerging terrorist threats.  He thanked the Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces (CDS), Service Commanders, and Ministry of Defence staff for cooperating and supporting him and urged them to accord his successor the same support.

The in-coming Minister assured the Military High Command of his readiness to keep the ‘good work’ of his predecessor. He said that he would guide some policy issues such as challenges of the Defence Industry to meet its objectives, noting that the military was faced with challenges such logistics, training, and manpower capacity building.

These challenges, he emphasised, were not peculiar to the Ghana Armed Forces alone, but they must be addressed with urgent attention considering the unique role of the military in nation building, so that the readiness of troops to protect the territorial integrity of the nation would not be compromised.

Present at the ceremony were the CDS, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie; Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei; MATS Commandant, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto Bonsu; A/Chief of Naval Staff Commodore Godfred Kobla Zorwornu; Support Services Brigade Commander, Brig Gen Mussah Wajah; the Forces Sergeant Major CWO Owusu Dickson among others. 

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