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Joint statement by the Ghana Armed Forces and Ghana Journalists Association on the impasse resulting from the alleged assault of press photographers on 6 March 2013
Press Release

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.17  8 May 2013

The Ghana  Armed Forces (GAF) and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) have resolved to bury their differences emanating from the alleged assault on two journalists on 6 March 2013, and rather work together to ensure the country’s growth and development.

At a meeting held at the General Headquarters in Burma Camp on Wednesday 8 May 2013, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, declared as ‘null and void’ the military’s investigative report on the alleged incident. He emphasised that the report was originally intended for the GJA and Ghanaian Times to peruse for further deliberations.

He rendered an unqualified apology on behalf of GAF to the two victims and the GJA. He further called for maximum cooperation and collaboration between the media and the military since they need to understand each other’s role as they will continuously work together in all future national events.

The President of GJA, Dr Affail Monney, expressed gratitude to the CDS for granting them audience and also apologising to the two victims. He acknowledged that the media backlash could have been avoided if a better approach had been used to resolve the incident.

He called on the media to desist from further attacks on the military since the issue had been resolved and rather focus energies on collaboration and cooperation in order to prevent a re-occurrence.

There was consensus at the end of the meeting that security was paramount and therefore in the execution of their duties both the media and the military should work according to laid down regulations and within the parameters given.

Signed                                                                               Signed

Mathew Quashie                                                            Affail Monney
Vice Admiral                                                                 President, GJA
Chief of the Defence Staff


 



 
Newly Promoted WOs and SNCOs Initiated and Reaffirmed
News

28 August 2014. Newly promoted Warrant Officers (WOs ) and Senior Non-Commission Officers (SNCOS) at the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) have been initiated, elevated and reaffirmed at the MATS WOs and SNCOS mess on Thursday, 28 August, 2014.

The aim of the ceremony was to initiate into the fold newly promoted Sergeants, congratulate those elevate and finally bring before Command the newly promoted Warrant Officers Class One (WOI) to reaffirm their loyalty to the state, the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Armed Forces.


The Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), MATS, SWOI Agbesi Peter expressed gratitude to God and to the officers who allowed themselves to be used as the vessel for the mass promotion.

He promised that they would work assiduously and strongly believed they would not fail command.

The Commanding Officer (CO), MATS, Lt Col John Eshun also expressed gratitude for the warm invitation to the important ceremony and urged all to be vigilant and dedicated to their work.


He said command had his eyes everywhere and would be watching those who did not work accordingly and set good examples for the younger ones.


The CO therefore reaffirmed the newly promoted WOIS to their loyalty to the state, the C-in-C and congratulated them for their well deserved promotion.

In all there were 15 newly promoted WOIS, 25 WOIIS, 20 Staff Sergeants and 10 Sergeants.

 
COAS condemns soldiers involvement in crime
News

COAS addressing troops under Southern Command.12   August 2014. The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei, has condemned soldiers who indulge in criminal acts, thereby dragging the image of the Armed Forces into disrepute.

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei noted that the indiscipline of such personnel was bringing collateral damage to the entire military. He therefore, admonished them to eschew such negative attitudes and lead lives worthy of commendation.

The Chief of the Army Staff said these during his maiden working visit to the Southern Command at Kpeshie, near the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre at Teshie, Accra, on 12 August, 2014, with the aim of knowing about the operational activities and challenges of the Command.

He was met on arrival by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command, Brig Gen Sampson Kwame Adeti, after which he inspected a Quarter Guard, mounted in his honour.

Major General Opoku-Adusei thanked the GOC for his ‘endless’ efforts at maintaining discipline in his Command. He called on soldiers to keep an eye on activities of Boko Haram currently operating in Nigeria.

He warned personnel against engaging in partisan political activities. Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei encouraged them to ensure personal fitness so as to easily pass their annual Basic Fitness Test (BFT), stressing that the various Units would be responsible for training their personnel in order to meet the BFT standard and its requirement.

He enlightened the GOC and his staff officers on the deadly Ebola disease and advised troops to avoid unnecessary physical contacts.

The GOC briefed the COAS on the state of the Command, vision, roles, organisational structure, operational matters, and administrative issues. He said he always impressed it upon his troops to be loyal, humble and discipline at all times and eschew immoral acts. “I expect my soldiers to be loyal, humble and discipline, since discipline is the bedrock of the armed forces,” he said.

He also briefed the COAS on security measures, which were being taken to fortify the country’s boarders.  He talked about some chieftaincy disputes in the Volta Region, illegal mining (galamsey), illegal lumbering in the Western Region, and their possible solutions.

Brig Gen Adeti informed COAS of some of the challenges of the command such as accommodation for troops, transportation, barracks roads, and sewage spillage, but assured COAS that everything possible was being done to ameliorate the effect.

Brig Gen Adeti later conducted COAS round to inspect some ongoing projects at the command.

 
OUT-GOING BRITISH DEFENCE ATTACHÉ PAYS FAREWELL VISIT TO CDS
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. 15 April 25, 2013         

The out-going Defence Attaché (DA) in Ghana, Lt Col Gash, has paid a farewell call on the Chief of the Defence (CDS), at his office in Burma camp on Thursday 25 April 2013.  He was accompanied by the in-coming DA, Lt Col Bernard Richards.

In an interaction with the CDS, Lt Col Gash expressed gratitude to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for the good working relationship he had enjoyed during the three years in Ghana as the DA. He said based on that, he had been able to build on the strong ties existing between GAF and the British Armed Forces.

The outgoing DA who was also responsible for Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Mali, said the British Armed Forces’ support towards GAF’s participation in the African-Led Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), is an attestation to the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

For his part, the CDS, Vice Admiral Quashie expressed gratitude to Lt Col Gash for the good works and services he had rendered to GAF. He noted that the GAF has benefited a lot from the British Armed Forces during the tenure of Lt Col Gash.

The CDS wished him well in all future endeavours and welcomed the in-coming DA, Lt Col Richards. He stated that the doors of the GAF were opened to the incoming DA and that GAF was poised to work with him to build on the good relations established during the tenure of Lt Col Gash.

Following the farewell call, GAF held a luncheon in honour of Lt Col Gash during which GAF presented gifts to him and his spouse. A Citation accompanying the gifts acknowledged the out-going DA’s immense contribution to the growth of GAF and British Armed Forces’ relations.

It also gave him recognition as a true friend of GAF and a strong catalyst of the British Armed Forces, since his appointment as DA on 25 March 2010.

Signed

MA LARBI
Lieutenant Commander
For Director Public Relations

 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEATH OF LATE LIEUTENANT COLONEL BLOOD-ADZRAKU
Press Release

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. 26 February 2012           


The Ghana Armed Forces, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG), the Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) of the Ghana Armed Forces and the entire Blood-Dzraku family regrets to announce the death of our beloved Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Hester Blood-Adzraku (rtd) which sad event occurred at the 37 Military Hospital on 23rd December 2012.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

a.    The body will be laid in state on Friday 1 March 2013 at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Hope Congregation, Sakumono at 09300 hours.

b.    Burial Service and internment in on Saturday 2 March 2013 at Have-Etoe in the Volta Region at 0900 hours.

c.    There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday 10 March 2013 at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Hope Congregation, Sakumono at 0930 hours.

All friends and loved ones are cordially invited to join in mourning our beloved Lt Col Jacob Hester Blood-Adzraku (rtd).


Signed

E ASSAN
Major
For Director Public Relations





 
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