Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ghana Armed Forces

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.


Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament,
His Excellency the Vice President,
Her Ladyship the Chief Justice,
Your Excellencies our dear former Presidents,
Your Excellencies Visiting Heads of State and Heads of Delegations,
Hon. Members of Parliament,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Guests,
My Fellow Countrymen and women,
Family and Friends.

Good morning.

Officers Hold Regimental Dinner Night in DR Congo

22 May 2014. As part of activities marking the United Nations peace medal presentation ceremony for personnel of the ninth Ghanaian Battalion serving with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO GHANBATT 9), a Regimental Dinner Night was held on 22 May 2014 for officers of the Battalion, Ghanaian Military Observers and Staff Officers serving with MONUSCO as well as members of the Ghana Government and Ghana Armed Forces Medal Day delegation led by Major General Obed Boamah Akwa.

According to the Commanding Officer of MONUSCO GHANBATT 9, Lieutenant Colonel Fred Ntiri, the Regimental Dinner Night was aimed at rejuvenating Mess life as well as teaching officers under his command such old but important tradition. “Importantly, it is also aimed at providing a forum for officers to reaffirm their oath of loyalty and allegiance to the President of the Republic of Ghana as well as any superior set over them”, he stated.

In his remarks, the Guest of Honour for the Regimental Dinner, Major General Obed Boamah Akwa expressed his pleasure at the sterling performance of personnel of the Battalion and Lt Col Ntiri in particular for his good and exemplary leadership. He also lauded the Commanding Officer and his team for successfully organizing such dinner in the mission area where the resources needed for the organization of such programmes are relatively scarce. He added that even in Ghana, various units of the Ghana Armed Forces hardly venture into organizing Regimental Dinner Nights as well as other Mess programmes citing various excuses.

Major General Akwa used the forum to advise officers to be meticulous in carrying out their duties and seek knowledge. He however, warned against misplacement of efforts among officers and urged all and sundry to work towards the success and good image of Ghana and the Ghana Armed Forces in particular. “Regimental Dinner Night is an old tradition but still relevant as far as the military is concerned; thus lets uphold the significance of this and other important traditions. On the other hand, we should work at discarding those that have been found to be irrelevant in our current disposition”, he added.

Equally, officers who took part in the dinner expressed their gratitude to Lt Col Ntiri for providing them the opportunity to experience such an event and getting the chance to wear their Mess Kits. “For some of us this is the first time we have taken part in a Regiment Dinner Night since we commissioned from the Ghana Military Academy”, they lamented.

Present at the Regimental Dinner Night were the Western Brigade and Ghanaian Contingent Commander, Brigadier General JK Kwankye and other members of the Ghana Government and Ghana Armed Forces Medal Day delegation, which included Colonel Maxwell Appiah-Kubi, Colonel David Bangsiibu Banoenuma, Lieutenant Commander Veronica Adzo Arhin and Captain Ali Ibrahim.

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
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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

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