By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Burma Camp
The Ghana Navy, as part of her Diamond Anniversary celebrations, has rounded up the impartation of revenue generating skills to three hundred and ninety-two (392) spouses of personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), after five weeks of intensive training and lectures at the Navy Headquarters, Burma Camp and the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Tema.
The training, which started on July 22nd 2019, ended with an exhibition of products by participants of the course, at the forecourt of the Directorate of Public Relations (DPR), on Friday, August 23rd 2019, when the spouses were segmented into four groups for the demonstration of products such as soaps and ice creams, floral arrangement and decoration, confectionaries and food dishes, beads making, Gelle (head gear), make-up and numerous lectures in home management, Parenting as well as topics on health.
The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Seth Amoama, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the exhibition and closing ceremony, intimated that skills training is important because it improves practical knowledge and widens entrepreneurial opportunities.
Admiral Amoama stated that the life of an armed forces spouse is undeniably challenging, which may include staying away from one’s spouse for months and in some cases, years, assuming the role of a single-parent and trying to balance it with one’s own career and sometimes moving from one region to another, due to transfers.
“Our spouses possess varying characteristics, including physiological, psychological, ethnic, cultural etc thus recognizing and taking advantage of those diversities, builds a very strong military spousal community required to support serving personnel”, R/Adm Amoama stated.
The total beneficiaries catered for in the training comprised of 144 Navy wives, 180 Air Force wives, 50 Serving Personnel and 11 civilians, with a total cost of GHS 51,510, out of which Ghana Navy absorbed GHS 43,710, whiles the participating women also contributed GHS 7,800.
The Navy @ 60 Anniversary Planning Committee mooted the idea for the skills training program to further expose the military spouses to business and to also equip them with business skills, to start their own businesses as 8 different companies were invited to introduce their business modules and ideas to them.
The training was also supported by some organizations and companies, such as Vodafone Ghana, Cocoa Processing Company, Standard Water, Fan Milk Ghana, Unilever Ghana, Ramani Brothers, ECOBANK Ghana, Promasidor Ghana Limited, and Tema Flour Mills.