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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.


CDS Mourns Komla Dumor
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 09 January 2014

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, has signed the Book of condolence in honour of the late British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)’s and former host of Joy FM’s morning show Komla Dumor at his family house in Haatso in Accra on Friday 24 January 2014.

The late Komla Dumor suffered a cardiac arrest and died in his residence in London on 18 January 2014.

The CDS expressed his deepest sympathy on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and said that one of the things that made Komla Dumor an icon was his understanding of the military.

Vice Admiral Quashie emphasised that GAF will give all the necessary support needed by the family during the burial.  It was also his prayer that the good Lord will strengthen the entire family in this difficult moment.

The CDS was received by Komla Dumor’s father, Prof Dumor, and other members of the family.  A senior member of the family, Dr James Victor Gbeho, on behalf of the family noted that Komla Dumor was indeed an icon and a true son of Ghana, Africa and the world at large.  He said a family delegation was in London to bring back the remains of the late Komla Dumor to Ghana for burial.

Komla Dumor’s father, Prof Dumor, his sister, Mawuena Dumor, and a member of the family, Patrick Hayford, thanked the CDS and the whole of GAF for sympathising with the family.

The CDS was accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Major General BG Saagbul.


Director Public Relations

Naval Rating Drowns During Patrol around the Jubilee Oil Fields
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.63   3 November 2013

The Ghana Navy last Friday 1 November 2013 lost one of its ratings during a patrol around the Jubilee Oil Fields.

Ordinary Seaman Assan Emmanuel drowned near the oil fields when gusty winds capsized the life boat carrying him and others during the patrol.

As part of its routine operational patrols of the oil fields and the western border, Ghana Navy Ship (GNS).  Yaa Asantewaa sailed to the operational area on 31 October 2013.  At about 1000 hrs on Friday 1 November 2013, two fishing vessels were sighted engaged in fishing around the Jubilee Oil Fields.  The vessels were accosted and stopped for boarding, search and seizure.

Two teams comprising three offices and six ratings in addition to a boat crew of two were detailed to search the vessels.  The teams successfully boarded and investigated the two fishing vessels and found out that they were operating within the law.

The two naval teams then returned to the Navy sip in the life boat.  While the life boat was alongside the ship seven of the personnel first went on board leaving the boat’s crew and the two other boarding team members, on e of whom was Ordinary Seaman Assan Emmanuel.

Just when the two boarding team members were ready to go on board the ship, a strong wave hit the life boat and the ship’s causing sea water to enter the life boat.  The stability of the life boats was affected causing it to capsize.  All the personnel on board were wearing life jackets as required.  The life jacket of three of the personnel inflated automatically but that of Ordinary Seaman Assan failed to activate automatically.   Emergency activation procedures conducted by the others to assist inflate his life jacket failed and his colleagues lost contact with him as he went down quickly due to the swift and strong current around the Jubilee fields. 

A search commenced immediately in the general area.  When it was apparent that Ordinary Seaman Assan could not be seen, the ship returned to harbour at Sekondi on Saturday at about 1500 hours.

Fishing villages from Elmina to Half Assini have been requested to assist retrieve the remains of the rating as the search continues.  

The Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Woyongo, and the Military High Command express their deep condolences to the bereaved family.


M ATINTANDE              
Director Public Relations

Let us remain professional-CDS
General News

CDS, Lt Gen Blay in a hand shake with Regent of Yendi, Kampaku Yaa-Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani 5 October 2012. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, has called on personel of 6 Garrison in the Northern Region to remain focused, professional, and neutral in the discharge of duties especially during the forthcoming general elections. He asked them to be alert and vigilant wherever they were deployed.

The CDS charged the troops to continue to play their supportive role by working together with the Civil- Police including the ElectoralCommission (EC) to ensure a successful election. Lt Gen Blay made these remarks at a Durbar with troops of Yendi Municipal area on Friday 5 October 2012 during his visit to 6 Garrison.

The durbar was meant for the CDS to interact with the troops, know how they were fairing in the discharge of their duties and also listen to their challenges and see how best GAF administration could address them. Lt Gen Blay arrived in 6 Garrison as the head of a four- member delegation from Accra, to assess the operational readiness of troops of the Garrison towards the general elections.

The Officer Commanding (OC) of Yendi Detachment, Capt Samuel Owusu Kwakye, briefed the CDS and his entourage on the operational, administrative and logistics state of the Detachment. He noted the Detachment was currently facing challenges such as lack of patrol vehicles, inadequate water supply, computer and printer for basic administration duties.

The CDS and his entourage also called on the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Hon Issah Zacharia. The MCE briefed the CDS on activities of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) in ensuring a violence free election in the Municipality. He also led the delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Regent of Yendi, Kampaku Yaa-Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani at the Gbewaa palace.

Lt Gen Blay urged all parties in the municipality to exercise restraints while avenue were being created for the dialogue and negotiation. He expressed appreciation on behalf of the Minister of Defence and the military High Command to the Regent and elders for their support of troops in the municipality.

The Regent commended troops for their professionalism and timely intervention in crisis at major flash points in the Yendi Metropolise. He called on the military high command to increase the strength of troops in the municipality especially as the elections approached.

The CDS and his entourage also visited Wa in the Upper West Region where a similar durbar was organised at the Wa-Naa’s palace. The entourage also paid a courtesy call on the Upper West Regional Minister, Hon Alhaji Amiu Amidu Suleman, in his office at the Regional Coordinating Council.

At Wa, the CDS and his team again held a durbar with the troops to interact and educate them on their roles and duties during the forthcoming general elections. He commended them for their professionalism and reiterated the need for them to be more vigilant and impartial especially during the general elections.

Lt Gen Blay was accompanied by the Director General of the Inspector General’s Department, Brig Gen K Oppong Octhere, Gp Capt Datsa from the office of the Chief of Staff, General Headquarters, Capt (GN) Kofi Ankamah for GHQ (Joint Operations) and the Forces Sergeant Major CWO Adu Yaw.

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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