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Defence Minister Hands-over Command
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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. 


 
ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY VICE PRESIDENT AMISSAH-ARTHUR AT THE GHANA ARMED FORCES GENERAL HEADQUARTERS WASSA ON FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2013
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Honourable Minister for Defence,

Honourable Members of Parliament,

The Chief of the Defence Staff,

Members of the Armed Forces Council,

The Inspector General of Police,

Service Commanders,

Officers, Men, Women and Civilian Employees of General Headquarters

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Let me say how grateful I am to the High Command of the Ghana Armed Forces for the welcome reception given to me this afternoon. It is a great privilege to join in the celebration of the West African Social Security Services Association (WASSA). This is my first opportunity to celebrate this event and I hope you will invite me again.

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CHIEF OF STAFF’S WELCOME ADDRESS AT THE GHANA ARMED FORCES GENERAL HEADQUARTERS WASSA CELEBRATION. FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2013
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Your Excellency, Mr Paa Kwasi Amissah-Arthur
Vice President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the Armed Forces Council,
The Chairman and Members of the Council of State,
Honourable Minister for Defence,
Honourable Ministers
Honourable Members of Parliament here present.
Chief Director, Ministry of Defence,
Chief of the Defence Staff,
Service Chiefs,
Heads of Sister Security Service,
Distinguished Generals, Serving and Retired,
Defence Attaches,
Very Senior Officers, Serving and Retired
Forces Sergeant Major,
Service Sergeant Major,
Men, Women and Civilian Employees of the General Headquarters,
Our Partners in Development,
Distinguished Invited Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

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Ghana Navy hosts ‘Exercise Obangame Express’
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The Ghana Navy, in collaboratCDS delivering his closing address at Exercise Obangame Express.ion with the Security Cooperation of the United States Embassy, has hosted a four-day conference on EXERCISE OBANGAME EX

PRESS, from 22-25 July, 2014 at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Teshie.

The conference, which was officially opened by The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, witnessed the assembly of nationalities of about 16 different countries within the West African Sub-region. The CNS said that the main aim of the conference was to lay the corner-stone for the region’s premier maritime security and urged participants to put in their maximum efforts.

The guest of honour, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Gene Cretz Amemb, addressing participants at the closing ceremony, noted that the conference was a platform used throughout the sub-region to review maritime security strategies and build better and stronger institutions. This, he noted, could succeed if individuals, leaders and navies would sail towards constructing realistic exercise that flexed national doctrine and international cooperation.

He further opined that as the exercise moved out of the initial planning phase into detailed planning, it was imperative for all to keep in mind that the threats facing the region required a robust response.

The Ambassador thanked the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for hosting the event, saying that he was also looking forward to see OBANGAME EXPRESS being hosted next year by the Western Naval Command.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, in his closing remarks, expressed his profound appreciation on behalf of the GAF to the United States Africa Command for thParticipants at Exercise Obangame Express. e opportunity to host the conference and making Ghana Navy the first choice to host the execution phase of the exercise next year.

The CDS was pleased that regional bodies like the Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) continued to collaborate with individual African and Western countries for such an excercise.

He, however, lamented the region’s vulnerability with increasing incidences of piracy, oil theft, illegal/unregulated and unreported fishing, and drug trafficking among others, and said the idea to establish interagency cooperation was laudable.

Present at the ceremony were Air Vice Marshal IS Kadri, Commandant GAFCSC, Vice Admiral Linguma Mata, Deputy Chief of Staff for DR Congo Navy, Commodore Ibe-Enwo, Director of Training for the Nigerian Navy and other very senior officers of GAF as well as the media.

 
Muslim Youth urged to desist from violence
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Maj Yusif Mensah Shamsudiin (Iman) leading the  prayers. 28 July 2014.  A thanks-giving service has been held by Muslims and their families of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on the occasion of Eidul-Fitr, to climax the Ramadan fast at the AL-Aziz Central Mosque, Burma Camp, on 28 July, 2014. The celebration brought together members from the Islamic fraternity within Burma Camp and its environs after a month’s period of fasting.

The AL-Aziz mosque Imam, Major Yusif Mensah Shamsudiin, led a series of intervening prayers for the nation and urged the Muslim youth to desist from violence, but should rather promote peace, harmony and maintain the lessons of self-denial, self-control, tolerance, sympathy, and patience.

During the sermon, the Imam said that Eidul-Fitr, is a special day of thanks-giving to Allah, the Almighty. The event, he added, is for showing kindness, benevolence, generosity of spirit, elegance, clemency and kindheartedness to one another irrespective of one’s nationality, religion, tribe, race, colour, geographical location or political ideology. He reminded the faithfuls that the occasion called for reconciliation, sharing of lawful food and drinks, and exhibiting happiness together as one people from one nation.

He explained that whoever fasted in the month of Ramadan and the first six days in the Some of the faithful s in prayer month of ‘shawwal’ (the month after Ramadan), Allah would give him the reward of a year’s fast and also whatever crime was committed on that day of Ramadan, was equated to a crime committed before Allah on the day of judgment

Dignitaries present at the occasion were the former Defence Minister, Lt Gen Henry Smith, Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Sagbuul, and Commandant Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Air Vice Marshall Issifu Sakib Kadri.

 
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