Monday, October 20, 2014
Ghana Armed Forces
Muslim Youth urged to desist from violence

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.

St Theresa Society of the Child Jesus Donates to 37 Military Hospital

Mrs Joan Lawson, the leader of the delegations presenting the items to Col Mercy Yelbert (Matro) on behalf of the church.1 August 2014.  The St Theresa Society of the Child Jesus, St Catherine Catholic Church Burma Camp Branch has donated 2 wheel chairs worth Gh₵ 600.00 to the 37 Military Hospitals, at the fore court of the General Headquarters, on Friday August 1, 2014.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Col Ralph Ametepi, the Commanding Officer Col Samuel Adjei and the entire Staff members of the Hospital. The Matron Col Mercy Yelbert express gratitude to the members of the Church for their kind gesture, asking for God’s continuous protection and support for the entire congregation.

In her remarks, the President of the Church, Mrs Joan Lawson mentioned that, the donation was as part of its 15th Annual celebration to support with the transfer of Patients to the various wards and to the development of the hospital.

Present at the donation were the Deputy Matron of the 37 Military Hospitals, Lt Col Ivy Tamaklo, the Vice President of the St Catholic Church, Mrs Margaret Ayamdo, the Secretary Mrs Peace Ayivor and other members of the church.

Ghana Navy receives donation from GHACEM

The Managing Director of GHACEM, Mr Morten Gade presents the Cement bags to the Hon Minister for  Defence, Mark Owen Woyongo.22 July 2014.  The Ghana Navy continues to receive assistance from both public spirited individuals and corporate organisations towards the construction of its new Headquarters currently underway at Naval Headquarters in Burma Camp, Accra.

The latest corporate body to do that was Ghana Cement Company, popularly known as GHACEM, which has made a donation of 1,600 bags of cement to the Ghana Navy on 22 July, 2014 at the Naval Headquarters. The Managing Director of GHACEM, Mr Morten Gade, in handing over the items to the Defence Minister, Hon Mark Owen Woyongo, on behalf of Management and Board, assured the Ghana Navy of a strong and lasting partnership with them.

The Defence Minister, who was the special guest of honour, in his remarks, stated that the maritime security in the recent times had become critical to the development of the country, adding that the newly found offshore oil and gas had put the country in a unique opportunity for rapid development. He, therefore, called for the strengthening of collaboration between the private sector and the state against piracy at sea.

He noted that the nation’s development drive could only be a success in a stable and peaceful atmosphere. The Defence Minister added that most of the oil and gas infrastructure lay offshore in the ocean. “Currently only the Ghana Navy has the capability to detect, deter, and respond to threats at sea”, he said.

He reiterated the government’s resolve to retool the Ghana Armed Forces to continue to play its role including fighting piracy in the nation’s waters. The Minister disclosed that the country had experienced a wave of attacks in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as a result of insecurity, which he said had a direct impact on private businesses.  He appealed to corporate bodies in the country to assist security agencies to ensure security in the maritime domain.

CNS interacts with Managing Director GHACEM, Mr Morten Gade.The Minister lauded GHACEM for its benevolence to the Ghana Navy to replace its dilapidated pre-independence structures, which serve as the Command Center for the Ghana Navy.

Rear Admiral Mawuli Geoffery Biekro, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), was grateful to GHACEM for the support and appealed to others to follow suit.

President Mahama's address at 56th Independence Annniversarr Parade

Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur,
Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament,
Her Ladyship the Chief Justice,
Members of the Council of State,
Ministers of State,
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Religious and Traditional Leaders,
Members of the Security Services,
Contingents of School Children on parade,
Fellow citizens:

Today, we celebrate the vision, perseverance, and legacy of a generation of heroic Ghanaians.

Today we honour the leadership of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

A leadership that was both committed and compassionate, one that extended beyond words and into action. And even today, significant parts of the national infrastructure we still enjoy are as a result of the vision of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

Yet the liberation of an entire nation cannot rest solely on the shoulders of a single individual. Even after a goal has been established by a designated leader, it takes the dedication, focus and work of millions before movement and progress can take place.

Today, we remember those millions, all of the founding fathers and mothers who organised and sacrificed; the millions of brave men and women who fought and died to give birth to this country, and indeed all Africans, freedom from colonial domination and repression. Some of them have been recognised; their names and faces are on our monuments and on our money. A greater number will most likely remain nameless and faceless.

But the people that made up those millions, those men and women were our grandfathers and grandmothers, our uncles and aunts, our mothers and fathers, our sisters and brothers. It is because of the courage, self-determination and dignity they displayed that we stand here today, on this occasion, the celebration of Ghana’s 56th year as an independent nation.

In order to make this country free, it took not only the desire for freedom; it also took the willingness, from each and every citizen, to play a part. And we thank God for the lives of each and every individual who took a stand and made a difference in this country.

We praise the ex-servicemen, the miners, the factory workers, the civil  servants, the artisans, the market women, the farmers and the students who dared to believe that a better world was not only possible but that it was within reach and worth fighting for.

Our forefathers and foremothers fought to build one united nation of Ghanaians out of our various ethnic cleavages, clans, religions and professions. They did so based on the understanding that with equality comes ever‐expanding opportunity to create access for all to the various avenues of well‐being and prosperity; with equality comes appropriate social protections for the vulnerable as well as for the downtrodden.

Our forefathers and mothers fought for our independence in order to use the wealth of our nation—its impressive store of human resources, its abundant natural resources, its royal cultural history; not for the benefit of any one person or group of people representing just the few, but for the betterment of the many, of our entire nation, especially our children and grandchildren and those yet unborn.

It would be simple enough to acknowledge on this day of celebration that they bequeathed to us this lovely country and in so doing, also offered us an important place in world history. But the legacy is more sacred than that. We are, each and every one of us, the answer to the hopes and prayers of our forefathers and mothers. They wanted Ghana to succeed, and I am all but certain, they prayed that we would make it a nation whose place of greatness in the world would be timeless and meaningful, not temporary and mediocre.

Independence brought with it many prospects and opportunities. But it also brought with it many responsibilities. Our first president, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, was well aware of this. In the address he gave on that fateful day, 56 years ago. He fully acknowledged both the prospects and the responsibilities involved in the achievement of independence. He admonished us, each and every one of us, to strive at all times to use whatever abilities and advantages were at our disposal to increase the prosperity of the country.

Today, 56 years have passed since Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah delivered that address, but I wish to echo the same sentiment.

I wish to pledge, once more, that in my first term as president of this Republic, I will make full use of the advantages our country has, to increase our prosperity; it is still true today, as it was during our independence years, that the vision could be an individual’s, but it will take the millions acting in concert to bring it to reality. I wish to invite you once more to join me in this venture of nation building by also pledging to believe in, to sacrifice and to work for the betterment of this nation - our nation.

Our independence was achieved through high levels of discipline, sacrifice, and selfless dedication. Our forefathers and mothers felt that political independence held the key to unlock the challenges that were being imposed by ignorance, disease, illiteracy and poverty. They held firmly the belief that these challenges were affecting the productive capacity of the citizenry, and the socio-economic transformation of the society. They were right.

Currently in Ghana, we are confronted with many similar challenges. The war against poverty still rages on.

This generation’s war against ignorance, disease, and illiteracy are far from over. Though we won the battle for political emancipation, we are still waging the battle for economic freedom.

Our economy is burdened with a major energy and water crisis. I have already visited Aboadze, Bui, Daboase, Kpong, and Weija to inspect and ascertain the progress of ongoing projects aimed at increasing our electricity and water supplies. I will work with the utility companies to ensure that these challenges are over in the shortest possible time.

Fellow Ghanaians, while we wait the complete resolution of the utility problems, I wish to make a personal and passionate appeal to you my countrymen and women to demonstrate a high sense of individual responsibility by taking a stand against the abuse and misuse of water, electricity and other public services.

All those who abuse our utility supplies, either through unauthorised connection or through other misuse, create problems for everyone else. We appeal to your patriotism and we urge everyone to demonstrate a commitment to collective responsibility. We are working hard to bring this crisis to an end, and every bit of assistance will take us one step closer to that goal.

All across Africa, and indeed the world, Ghana occupies a high place of respect and admiration among the comity of nations for its role in the liberation of the continent from colonial rule, as well as for its continuing influence in shaping the processes of world peace.

For nearly six decades, regardless of the difficulties we were facing within our own boarders, Ghana remained an example of peace and progress. This is because Ghanaians have always wanted the best for Ghana. We realise that putting Ghana first, wanting the best for Ghana, will ultimately mean having the best for ourselves and for our families.

The reason Ghana is seen the world over as Africa’s shining star is because while other nations have been engaged in ethnic warfare and endless battles for power between opposing political parties, tearing away at their people’s morale and crumbling what little security was left in their societies; while nations were investing themselves in the causes and concerns of individuals, groups, and factions, Ghana was busy building institutions to reinforce our democracy and help further the application of the rule of law.

Ghana has never cut its own nose to spite its face; Ghanaians have always been able to see that tomorrow is not the only day the future holds for us.

This is why we cannot go back to yesterday and tread ground that has already been covered. We cannot go back and fight battles that have already been won. We cannot waste away any more time and energy in petty political squabbles and insult and expect that our country will somehow magically prosper.

What we are doing when we devote our time, attention and media to these distractions, is that we undermine the progress of our own nation, a nation that was built with blood, tears, and sweat of our forefathers and mothers.

Each and every one of us has a responsibility to make meaningful and constructive contributions towards the growth and betterment of this nation. We owe that much to ourselves and to our children who inherit this land, and we owe that much to all those who fought for us to have a place to claim as ours and to call Ghana.

Governance is a shared responsibility. Government can, and will provide the necessary social infrastructure and incentives, but unless we take collective ownership of challenges that face us; unless we demonstrate a strong desire and unflinching commitment to be part of the solution, most of our efforts will come to nothing.

We must work together as a team. We must remember that the words we speak matter. if we speak of success, we envision success, and we work toward realising that vision, we will speak of success of that vision, we will achieve it. If we speak and focus on failure, any inspiration to believe, to see, and to create has already been killed. We also must remember that our actions do matter. They matter in the short-term and they matter in the long-term. With our actions come repercussions.

We cannot throw plastic waste into our drainage systems and expect not to be confronted with floods when it rains; we cannot continue to drive recklessly on our roads, and hope that ours will be a society free of vehicular accidents; people cannot pay and collect bribes and hope that somehow public services will automatically improve; we cannot create markets for the purchase of stolen items and expect that crime in our society will cease by itself.

I want to use this occasion to appeal to all Ghanaians to embrace the wind of change. Change does not come easily.

There will always be those who want to maintain the status quo; even if they do not like the world they live in, it is easier for them to complain than to make the effort to change it.  And then, there will always be those who want miraculous change; they want everything to be perfect by tomorrow and when it is not, they decide they are already bored with the whole process and want no part of it.

But the change we seek is one that is intended to make our nation a better place for all.

Today is a day to celebrate Ghana, and to celebrate ourselves as Ghanaians.  Today is a time to feel proud of and express love for everyone and everything that has brought us this far.  Today is also a time to ask ourselves, “Where do we want to go from here? And how do we get there?”

I urge you all to reflect on how you will want to be remembered by the next generation.  It does not matter who you are, where you come from, who your parents were, what you do right now, what your position in society is. You have something to offer that will help move this country forward to its next anniversary.  It might just be a little change in your attitude to work; it might be an offer of help, however small, to others who need it.  It might be the act of mobilising for community action or volunteering at a hospital or clinic. 

Any and every contribution toward positive change is welcome.  No offer of service is too small or too big to make the necessary impact.  No single individual is too big or too small to be part of this process.

This is who we are and what we do as Ghanaians.  It’s nothing new; this is who we’ve always been and what we’ve always done as Ghanaians; which is why we celebrate today and give praise and gratitude to those who came before us.  This call to national duty is appropriately captured in the second stanza of our National Anthem:

Hail to thy name, O Ghana,
To thee we make our solemn vow:
Steadfast to build together
A nation strong in Unity;
With our gifts of mind and strength of arm,
Whether night or day, in the midst of storm,
In every need, whate’er the call may be,
To serve thee, Ghana, now and evermore….

To our servicemen, school children, students and youth who took part in this parade, I extend to you the appreciation of a grateful nation.  Indeed your turn-out was impressive and you have made us proud to be Ghanaian.

Thank you all.  I wish you the best of the Almighty God’s blessings on this special occasion, and ask for His guidance through the future that is now here.  His favour is upon us and he will surely lead us to the land he has promised.

I wish you all happy Independence Day Celebrations.

God Bless Ghana.


Your Excellency, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambers, Joint Special Representative to UN/Africa Union in Dafur,

Her Excellency former Special Representative to the Secretary General of the United Nations Mission in Liberia,

Professor Henning Melber, Former Executive Director of theDag Hammarskjöld Foundation

Ministers of state, the Commandant and Staff of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping training Center,

Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

The Chief of the Defence Staff and Service Chiefs

Inspector General of Police

Senior Military Officers

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

I am happy to be invited to the inaugural lecture and the launch of the 10th anniversary activities for the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

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