Sunday, November 29, 2015
Ghana Armed Forces
Defence Minister visits 66 Artillery Regiment and Navy Training Command

Minister for Defence advising troops of 66 Artillery Regiment.29 September 2015.  The Minister for Defence, Hon Dr Benjamin Bewa-Nyong Kumbuor, and a high-powered delegation from the Ministry, with the Chief Director, Mr Alidu Fuseini,  paid a working visit to the 66 Artillery Regiment and Navy Training Command(NAVTRAC) on 29 September 2015 in the Volta Region.

A  Guard of Honour was mounted by troops of the 66 Artillery Regiment with the regimental band in attendance.
The Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment, Lt Col SK Amengor, gave a detailed brief of the Regiment. He also briefed the Minister on the security situation in the region and the challenges facing the Regiment at large.

GOC Southern Command Brig Gen SK Adeti interacts with the Minister for Defence.The Minister’s visit was to familiarise, inspect infrastructural and ongoing projects of the Regiment. He also toured the barracks to see the state of the accommodations and some abandoned projects. Again, he inspected the sewerage pump machine, the swimming pool, the block factory and the café of the Regiment.

In an all ranks durbar with the Minister and his team, he pointed out that, solving infrastructural challenges in the Ghana Armed forces is his number one priority.
The Minister commended troops for their high sense of professionalism shown despite organisational challenges. He therefore urged them to lift high the flag of Ghana.

Combat display by Soldiers of 66 Artillery Regimen.At the new Navy Training Command (NAVTRAC), the team had the chance to inspect the various project sites which includes the dining hall/kitchen which is about 70% complete. They later visited the lecture hall which is also about 75% complete. The entourage also visited the site demarcated for training facilities  which is about 85% complete.

According to the Training Coordinator at NAVTRAC, Lt Commander Isaac Mahama Abu; the Department of Feeder Roads fully constructed the road leading to the school without any cost. Similarly, he said, the works and Housing Ministry facilitated the connection of pipe borne water to the site at no cost.
Furthermore he added that, upon the request of the Ghana Navy, the Department of Parks and Gardens have also promised to cater for the landscaping of the entire school free of charge.

In response to the Defence Minister’s proposal for the relocation of occupiers within the area of the project, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Real Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro said, everything was being done to ensure that they are relocated. He said the authorities are awaiting the farmers in the area to harvest their crops for the season, before the relocation exercise is embarked on.

The Minister also paid a courtesy call on the Regional Minister, Hon Helen Adjoa Nutosu.

Present  were the General Officer Commanding Southern Command, Brig Gen SK Adeti, Principal General Staff Officer, Commodore Samuel Anim, Gp Capt PD Asafo, Director Airforce Liaison, Maj Robert Talleh, Military  Assistant to Defence Minister, Maj Johnson 2 in Command 66 Artillery Regiment, Mr Frederick Koomson, Assistant Director and Mr Ahmed Imoro Principal Accountant.

COAS Cautions Nurses to Provide Quality Healthcare to Clients

The Chief of Army Staff COAS Major Gen RK Opoku-Edusei the guest of honour has caution nurses and health personnel of 37 Millitary Hospital to keep on with their hard work27 September 2015. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei has cautioned nurses and health personnel of the 37 Military Hospital to provide quality healthcare to patients who seek medical attention at the hospital.

COAS made this known when he opened the weeklong Military Nightingales’ Week Celebration of the 37 Military Hospital on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the 37 Military Officers’ Mess in Accra. The weeklong celebration commenced on Monday, September 21 and ended on Sunday, 27 September 2015.

Speaking on the theme for the occasion, ‘Military Nightingales’, A Force for Change: Caring for the Carer’,  he emphasized that nurses and midwives have the responsibility to enhance themselves so as to provide quality healthcare especially in the twenty-first century where scientific knowledge is required in the area of their profession.

He added that some members of the general public have negative perceptions about some nurses and therefore advised them to change this negative attitude since it dragged the noble profession into disrepute. 

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei however noted that, nurses and midwives often feel reluctant to take care of themselves; hence this year’s celebration was focused on the caregiver and the need to provide them with some level of job satisfaction. In the light of this, he disclosed that, High Command would address some of their challenges such as infrastructure, equipment, motivation and welfare matters in order to make their jobs less stressful to enable them provide quality healthcare.

He seized the opportunity to commend the staff of thThe principal of 37 Nurses and midwives Training College Col Sally Mensah educating the trotro drivers, passengers and bystanders on how to live a healthy lifestyle at 37 trotro station.e hospital for putting up their best during the June 3, 2015 fire and flood disaster which occurred at Circle-Odorna, Accra, and the nationwide strike by the Ghana Medical Association in July this year.

In his welcome remarks, the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Brig-Gen Ralph Kojo Ametepi also acknowledged the great courage and compassion with which the nurses and midwives executed their duties this year in the midst of the many challenges, and congratulated them on their gallant performance.

The Guest Speaker for the occasion, Lt Col Eleanor Atiamo Bampo (rtd), a former nurse of the hospital emphasised that, the Military Nightingales’ week is celebrated worldwide to remember Florence Nightingale, known as ‘Lady of the Lamp’ who worked selflessly for mankind and God.

Lt Col Atiamo Bampo (rtd) also said that the Military Nightingale is  a certified professional nurse or midwife who is trained as a soldier or a civilian who works with the Ghana Armed
Touching on the theme ‘Military Nightingales’, A force for change: Caring for the Carer’, she said, Military Nightingales’ can only influence the health care delivery system when they are in their right frame of mind, possess good health and have the required capabilities such as trustworthiness, competence, kindness, politeness, understanding and competence.

Lt Col Atiamo Bampo (rtd) therefore advised all Military Nightingales’ and other nurses to be professionals and carers for patients at all times and used the opportunity to appeal to High Command to solve challenges confronting nurses in order to give out their best.

The weeklong celebration was marked with a series of activities such as a health walk, Exhibition, food bazaar and lectures with active participation from staff and the public. During the health walk, tro-tro drivers, passengers and bystanders were screened for blood pressure, body mass index and educated on leading a healthy lifestyle. The crusade was led by the Principal of the37 Nurses Training College, Col Sally Mensah.

The exhibition and food bazaar saw various products displayed by the sponsors of the programme such as G2 Medical Laboratory, Lancet Laboratory, and Cowbell Ghana limited (Promasidor), Sesil Consult Limited, Photo Club, Ghana Trade Fair Company, Johnson Ghana Limited, Voltic Ghana Limited, Noble House Chinese Restaurant, A&C Shopping Mall and others.

During the lectures, participants were taken through topics such as ‘Assessing the Health Professional through Performance Management and Job Performance Appraisal’ and ‘The role of the Nurse and Midwife in Care of Central Line and Oxygen Therapy.
The facilitators were PNO Judith Asiamah and PNO Kwadjodeh Juliet.

The Chairperson for the occasion, Mrs Alice Darkwa Asare Allottey, stated that the Military Nightingales’ Association exists as a local branch of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) as well as the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA) and comprises of both military and civilian nurses and midwives working with GAF.

She urged all to work together for the success of the Association and also to be a carer for patients.
In his closing remarks, the Military Secretary and Guest of Honour for the occasion Commodore     Moses  Kojo Beick- Baffuor also congratulated staff of the hospital for the good work done during the June 3 disaster and the nationwide strike by the Ghana Medical Association.

Medical Screening at the 37 trotro station.He advised the Nightingales and staff of the hospital to emulate Florence Nightingale who laid down her life for patients as a nurse and assured them of High Command’s readiness to address some challenges confronting them.

Awards were given to retired and serving staff officers and civilians of the hospital.
Present at the ceremony were the Commander of the hospital, Brig Gen Ralph Ametepi, Commanding Officer of the hospital, Col Samuel Adjei, Director General Medical Services Brig Gen Mahama Alhassan , Director General Logistics, Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh,  Director Nursing GAF Medical Services , Col Vida Otoo,  Matron of the hospital, Col Yelbert, Officer- in -Charge of Publicity and Protocol, Maj Patience Awumee, President of GRNA, Mr Asante Krobia, some retired and serving officers of GAF and other  health personnel from the  various health institutions and universities across the country.

GMA Holds Senior Steeple Chase

The Guest of honour Brig Gen Edem Fiawoo2 October 2015. The Ghana Military Academy (GMA) has held the inter-platoon senior steeple chase competition for the Regular Career Course (RCC) 55 and Short Service Course/Special Duties (SSC/SD) 53 at the Physical Training Square, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Friday, 2 October, 2015.
The platoon was divided into three namely, the Abyssinia Platoon, Burma Platoon and Chiringa Platoon respectively. All cadets took part in the competition and each cadet scored points for his or her platoon.

Abyssinia Platoon emerged as the winner with 801 points, followed by Burma Platoon with 1010 points and Chiringa Platoon with 1052 points. The platoon who scored the least number of points won the competition. 

Midshipman Ahima-Danso K receives a certificate for placing third in the competition.The overall best female went to S/Cdt Mapram NP, first position went to S/Cdt Midjida K, second went to S/Cdt Nartey R and third went to Mid Ahima-Danso K.

The guest of honour, Judge Advocate General, Brig Gen Edem Fiawoo expressed his joy for such a wonderful display of competition among the cadets. He congratulated the winning platoon and commended all the cadets especially the females for taking part in such a difficult competition.

Officer Cadets formed up for the closing ceremony.He noted that the competition had demonstrated the need for leaders to be physically and mentally fit. He added, the tenets of team work and esprit-de-corps have also been demonstrated and these tenets were important in the profession and must be maintained.

He also revealed that the competition covered a distance of 12 kilometers through challenging terrain and obstacles. This was to test the stamina and endurance of the competitors.

Brig Gen Fiawoo seized the opportunity to advised the cadets to take the training seriously since it was going to help them in the long run. He also urged them to maintain the level of fitness they have achieved and not to abandon the enviable ideals they have been taught in the academy.



The Inspector General of Police,
Service Chiefs,
Very Senior Officers,
Forces Sergeant Major,
Gallant Men and Women of the Security Services of Ghana,
Distinguished Friends from the Media,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

1.    We have carried out an important segment of our routine training activities to enhance operational readiness, foster inter-service cooperation and esprit-de-corps, as well as to maintain good physical fitness. I commend and congratulate all of you for not only completing the 10-kilometre march in barely an hour and a half, but also doing so enthusiastically and vigorously.

2.    As you know, this training activity has being planned well in advance of any ongoing political or legal developments in the country. Let me therefore use this opportunity to appeal to our dear country men and women as well as any observers not to read any extraneous meanings into the exercise. It is purely a routine training activity.

3.     Having said this let me remind all of us of our noble and solemn duty, as security personnel, to protect the integrity of the state, and the peace and stability we are currently enjoying. Without these conditions, no meaningful development can ever be realized, and we only risk self-destruction.

4.    Let me further emphasize that as security personnel, our loyalty is first and foremost to the state. This requires that we remain above the political fray at all times. The ongoing election petition hearing at the Supreme Court demonstrates our collective determination and commitment, as a nation, to resolving our differences and disagreements through civilized, rather than primitive means of violence and strife.

5.    We should all go the next critical step of accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court, whichever way it goes; and forge ahead together as one people with a common destiny and goal. To this end, on behalf of all of you, I assure our dear country men and women of our unshakable resolve to protect the integrity, peace, stability, and security of our dear motherland. No effort will be spared in doing this.

6.    We are also reminded that the month-long Ramadan fast embarked upon by our Muslim brothers and sisters in line with the Holy Quran is coming to an end. On behalf of all of us, I congratulate all Muslims in the world and particularly in Ghana and in the Security Services, in advance, for their sacrifice, self-denial and godliness over the one month period. We wish all of them a happy Eid celebration in advance. And may the abundant blessings and favour Allah will release upon them, cover the whole country and all of us.

7.    Finally, my dear compatriots, congratulations once again; and may we all continue to discharge our duties and professionalism and patriotism.

Thank you all.

Your Visit Is Very Opportune – UNMISS SRSG
Press Release

Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Release No. 25  24 May 2014           

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms Hilde F Johnson, has described the visit by the special Ghana government delegation to that country from 16-23 May as very opportune.

She said the visit was opportune because it capped earlier frantic efforts to address a situation that left the Ghanaian contingent in the mission without their weapons and other necessary items, following their confiscation by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) late April.

“I want to assure you that this is good timing. I believe we have passed the difficult period and that is why I think your visit now comes at an opportune time,” she said.

Ms Johnson was speaking at UNMISS headquarters in Juba, capital of South Sudan, when the Ghana government delegation met with her to discuss the issues surrounding the incident.

She was very emphatic that both the government of South Sudan and the UN system had agreed that the incident had resulted out of human error and that the elements that were rather hostile were now contained and there were positive relations between UNMISS and the government system. Ms Johnson also confirmed that at the time of the meeting the government had given the permission and the weapons had been flown to the Ghanaian detachment in Bentiu.

She also mentioned that the issue had some lessons to learn. According to her, the UN was not used to such surge operations. “Clearly the UN system is not set up for this. What happens then,” she said, “you have rushed packing that has led to this challenge. The other is to make sure that you have engineering capacity to accommodate new and additional surge troops.”

Additionally, she said, “you have almost 90,000 internally displaced people within our bases who also need to be catered for by the same engineers. So the capacity of the mission has been totally overstretched.”

She also explained that this was one of the reasons why the deployment of the Ghanaian contingent was staggered in three separate states – Juba in Central Equatoria State, Rumbek in Lakes State and Bentiu in Unity State. She was, however, quick to add that with the latest fighting and far more internally displaced persons seeking UN shelter, the bulk of the Ghanaian contingent in Rumbek will be withdrawn to Juba to conduct Protection of Civilians (POC) tasks until their accommodation and other structures had been completed in Bentiu when they will finally deploy to their permanent location.

She therefore reminded the delegation that the original plan to get the Ghanaian contingent to deploy at Bentiu still holds and the only reason that has not been done yet was mainly an engineering problem. “It is purely logistical and not a command decision,” she emphasised.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Maj Gen RK Opoku-Adusei, Chief of the Army Staff, said that the delegation was satisfied with the latest turn of events and that even though they were not expecting anything different, the mission of the delegation was to help influence the situation at the diplomatic level.

“But when we got here we realised that things had begun to be sorted out,” he said.

He assured the SRSG that Ghana would continue to support UNMISS to also support the Ghanaian troops. He therefore expressed the delegation’s gratitude to the UN Mission for its efforts at resolving the impasse successfully and satisfactorily.


Acting Director Public Relations

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