Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has lauded the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) High Command and the Control Board of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) for their critical contribution to promoting peace and security on the African continent.
Dr. Bawumia, who was Guest of Honour at the joint graduation ceremony of the Senior Division Course 39 and MSc. Defense & International Politics graduates of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) at the Otu Barracks, Teshie-Accra, on Thursday 16th August, 2018 said “The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College continues to carve a niche for itself as a center of excellence in Africa, for the training of officers for command, staff and leadership roles in their various Armed Forces and Allied Security Institutions.”
“I have observed that the College has a unique system of upholding regional and international connections at different levels. The 20 graduates from 9 sister African countries is a clear manifestation of these international linkages”.
“As the Chairman of the Armed Forces Council, my engagement on defense issues has brought to the fore, the relevance of these international linkages in responding to our defense and security issues,” Dr. Bawumia indicated.
“I am reliably informed that the vacancies for the next course i.e. (Course 40) have about 30 officers from 14 African countries. That is a remarkable feat and I commend the Commandant and his staff for the good job they are doing.”
In all, 58 gradaunts received either the Pass Staff College (PSC) symbol and/or a Master of Science in Defense and International Politics (MDIP) after 11 and 18 months of study respectively as part of the Senior Command and Staff Course 39 and the Weekend MDIP Batch 3.
This year, and for the first time, the Combined Joint African Exercise (CJAX) 2018 was conducted with observers from sister Command and Staff Colleges of some member states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), under the sponsorship of the German Government and in collaboration with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre.
Alluding to the occasional flare up of tensions between the Police and their military counterparts, Vice President Bawumia commended the College’s Control Board for rolling out programmes specifically targeted at conflict prevention, management and resolution.
Dr. Bawumia expressed delight at the Defense Management and Conflict and Crises Management Modular Courses organized by the College which brings together senior police officers to join their military counterparts in the College.
This, he said, is the unique platform to build consensus and then lead the effort to harmonize cohesion between the two institutions, as the graduates go out onto the field as commanders with the bonds formed at the college transcending the classroom.
The Commandant of GAFCSC, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, urged the gradaunts to apply the lessons learnt to improve their various units and work places.
At the awards, Major Ali Ibrahim of GAF was adjudged the Overall Best Graduate after picking 3 awards like the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), HONOUR Graduate and Best Student in Msc DIP and was followed by Lt Commander OU Equere of the Nigerian Navy, who also picked 3 awards.
Amongst the many dignitaries present at the ceremony were the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen OB Akwa, the Inspector General of Police, Mr David Asante Appeatu, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral PK Faidoo, Professor Phillip Duku Osei – Deputy Rector of GIMPA.
By: Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Otu Barracks, Teshie-Accra, Accra