“Gov’t will continue to expand, modernise Armed Forces” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says it is his responsibility as Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces to see to the continued expansion and modernisation of the Ghana Armed Forces, in order to enhance its capacity to combat contemporary and future threats effectively.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of military officer cadets of Regular Career Course 60 and Short Service Commission and Special Duties Course 58, on Friday, 13th November 2020, President Akufo-Addo stated that, in view of the growing threats to peace and stability in West Africa, “our actions, in this regard, cannot be business as usual”.

It will be recalled hat, at last year’s graduation ceremony, the President reiterated Government’s commitment to retool the Ghana Armed Forces, and also improve on barracks infrastructure to boost morale and operational efficiency.

Specifically, he also indicated his determination to reconstruct the Ghana Military Academy, and transform it into a world-class institution.

“A year on, I am able to state that the first phase of the reconstruction works of the Ghana Military Academy is almost complete. The renovated Officer Cadets’ Mess and the new Academy Parade Square have been completed, and are fully operational, as we can all see today. The administration block, with its offices and conference rooms, and two-storey classroom block, are all nearing completion,” the President said.

He continued, “The second phase of the project, which includes the construction of an auditorium with 800-seating capacity, an accommodation for cadets and platoon commanders, and a fence wall around the entire Military Academy, with other utility structures, will be completed by December 2021.”

In addition to the developments taking place in the Ghana Military Academy, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that Government is also equipping and rehabilitating training facilities for the Ghana Armed Forces, to help promote effective training.

To this end, he indicated that, three weeks ago, he commissioned a state-of-the-art training facility constructed for the Ghana Navy at Nutekpor, in the Volta Region, adding that the Bondase Training Camp is also going to see a massive facelift, with the provision of additional accommodation and training infrastructure, which will facilitate the training of personnel.

“Government has committed further over two hundred million dollars ($200 million) for the purchase of more armoured vehicles for the Army, and the upgrading of the equipment and surveillance capacity of the security and intelligence agencies,” he assured.

All these investments, according to the President, are to ensure that our men and women in uniform are well equipped and motivated to deliver on their mandate of safeguarding the peace, integrity and security of the nation, as well as maintaining Ghana’s contribution to international peace and security.

To the graduating officer cadets, President Akufo-Addo urged them to maintain a healthy relationship with the civilian population, in line with the tenets of national integration and cohesion.

“I am reminding you, today, that your commission into the Armed Forces places great responsibility on you to guard against the temptation of using the uniform to intimidate your civilian counterparts, who are your natural partners in the development of our nation, and whose taxes provide the means for your sustenance as members of the Armed Forces,” he added.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

Lockdown: Soldier shoots 50yrs-old man at covid19 checkpoint for using unauthorized route

A military man on operation covid-19 safety duties has shot at a 50-year-old motor rider for allegedly using unapproved route at a barrier at Dobro in the Nsawam Adoagyir Municipality of the Eastern Region.

According to the police, report from the security personnel a

t the said barrier indicated that the motor rider refused several signals to stop when he attempted to use unapproved route.

He was said to have jumped a bamboo barricade at the barrier where the security officers were doing road snap checks and nearly ran into some military men there.

In attempt to stop the rider, the police said, the unnamed military man aimed at the back tyre of the motorbike and shot at it.

He then fell with the motor and sustained injuries in the process.

He was rushed to the Nsawam Government Hospital for medication attention.

Briefing 3news.com on the Friday morning incident, the Nsawam Divisional Police Commander Sup Marian Adu- Osei said the rider in his oral statement claimed his brakes failed him for which reason he could not stop when signaled to.

She said investigations have commenced to establish the true facts of the incident.

Meanwhile, health officials are awaiting an X-ray results to ascertain whether the man suffered from the gunshot.

Source: 3news.com

Just in: Civilian shot dead at Ashaiman, amidst covid19 lockdown

A military officer has shot a civilian to death at Ashaiman traffic light after the officer approached him and others to leave, since they were not doing anything, rather gallivanting around to flout the President’s lockdown directives. The victim decided not to adhere to the instruction from the officer and rush on the officer to the extent of trying to take his riffle from him, whiles those he was with all went away. Eyewitnesses say the officer also tried to defend himself and his riffle and unfortunately shot him dead. The deceased is popular known as “No yawa”

The military high command will in no time issue an official statement with full details of him.

Postings of videos unrelated to operation Covid safety – Ghana Armed Forces Warn

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has noted with concern a developing trend on social media over the past few days, involving the re-cycling of past video clips, (some of which did not originate in Ghana); re-packaging them as current episodes, and attributing them to the GAF.

It would be recalled that on Srecycling8th March 2020, TV 3 News carried a news item purportedly showing the arrival of troops in Kumasi to ensure residents conform to the partial lockdown directives by the President. The purported recording, featured a voice which issued threats to residents of the Ashanti Region of intended brutalities by the Military.

This reportage, after our investigation, was found to be a doctored video. The said troops were in fact, part of a disinfection exercise which took place recently in Accra but had no bearing to the restrictions programme currently underway. The threatening voice was found to be a deliberate fabrication. TV 3 News has since retracted and apologized to the GAF.

On Monday, 30th March 2020, the first day of the exercise, several videos showing alleged brutalities by personnel of Operation COVID SAFETY on some citizens were posted on social media by certain individuals. Checks reveal that most of these videos are old incidents that are unrelated to the ongoing exercise. Some of the videos show incidents which occurred in neighboring francophone countries, whilst others are incidents which occurred several months ago, unrelated to the current exercise. Moreover, the people in some of these videos in circulation are not members of the Police and Military.

It is our opinion that the deliberate circulation of unrelated and doctored social media material is orchestrated by certain individuals with the objective of casting the security agencies in the ongoing operation in bad light.

It is unfortunate that at a time when the will of the Nation is united to confront a real threat, certain groups of people continue with the deliberate distribution of misinformation materials on social media.

While admonishing the public to be mindful of such individuals whose stock-in-trade is to create confusion, we have commenced investigations into persons peddling false news with the view to prosecuting such persons.

The public is however assured that genuine incidents of the wrongful use of force will be investigated and those found culpable disciplined in line with GAF Regulations.

SIGNED
E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Colonel
Director Public Relations