The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has acquired a new headquarters complex for Ghana Army’s (GA) foremost Special Forces (SF) – 64 Infantry Regiment (64 Inf Regt), to aid in the administrative discharge of the Unit’s duties, after being hosted for so long by the 153 Armoured Regiment.
The Regimental Headquarters Complex, for the time being comprising of an administration block, a Square, Guardroom and two Drill Sheds, was commissioned by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of GAF – Vice Admiral (V/Adm) Seth Amoama, who was the Guest-of-Honour, with Brigadier General (Brig Gen) George Partington (Rtd), who was Special Guest, on Friday April 29, 2022, at Burma Camp, Accra.
In his speech at the commissioning, the CDS stated that a good working environment, in terms of office space and accommodation, are critical requirements for the efficient functioning of the Armed Forces, and it is the reason why the expansion of the GAF calls for a corresponding adequate office space and accommodation for personnel.
Admiral Amoama further said that infrastructural development is a focus of the Government of Ghana, to ensure that the necessary baseline facilities are in place to propel development, hence the State, over the years has made efforts to bridge this gap through the provision of infrastructure for the military.
In complement of the Government’s efforts, the Military High Command continues to embark on Public-Private Partnerships as a way of easing the burden in the short term, with the strategic support of patriotic Ghanaians, through Public-Private Partnerships, to bolster Civil-Military Cooperation, V/Adm Amoama said.
The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah (who is the only Senior Officer in the history of GA to have been the concurrent CO of two units – 153 Armoured Regt and 64 Inf Regt), in his opening remarks, retraced the formative years of the 64 Inf Regt, which was initially known as the Forces Reserve Battalion (FRB) and its pioneer Commanding Officer (CO) – Brig Gen G Partington, after whom the new Administrative Block is christened, for his sterling contribution towards the formation of the SF.
“This building you see here, is a testament of the hard training, motivation and leadership skills imbibed in us by this great Senior Officer – it was therefore with pleasure that I recommended that the Headquarters building be named after him, which was approved by the CDS”, General Oppong-Peprah stated.
Brig Gen Partington (Rtd), reading his speech, said he was humbled by the honour done him by naming the new Regimental Headquarters after him, and that it reminds him that his service to the Unit, the GAF and the nation, has been recognized.
The construction of the HQ building and the Square, was fully funded and constructed by Mr Michael Zormelo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OMNI Group of Companies, through one of its subsidiaries – MUSEK Engineering Ltd, as well as other private partners who contributed to other sections, as a gift to the GA.
Mr Dennis Kofi Annan, General Manager of OMNI Group of Companies, who deputized for his CEO, said the building was part of their setup’s commitment to supporting economic development and sustainability of communities in Ghana, understanding the important role security plays in providing an enabling environment to attract investment into the country and for businesses to thrive.
The construction of the HQ Complex commenced during the tenure of Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Fiifi Deegbe and continued under Lt Col Owusu Appah, and was completed under the present CO – Lt Col Frank Kwasi Agyemang.
64 Inf Regt – HOME OF THE BRAVE – the fully-fledged special operations unit under GA’s Special Operations Brigade (ASOB), still requires certain sections constructed to bring the Headquarters to its fully functioning capacity, thus, more Civilian-Military Cooperation towards such an objective, would be appreciated.
The HQ Complex construction of the Administration Block, fence wall, Square, Guardroom and two Drill Sheds is only Phase1.
Phase 2 would be the construction of other offices that include Company Headquarters, Motor and Transport Yard, Coffee Rooms for Officers, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, Parking Sheds for anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns, as well as other vehicles.
Dignitaries at the commissioning included the Chief of the Naval Staff – Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu, Deputy Chief of Staff, Administration – Air Vice Marshal Michael Appiah-Agyekum, the Commander, ASOB – Brig Gen Matthew Essien, Commander, 15 Armoured Brigade – Brig Gen Winfred Dzandu-Hedidor, Director General, Logistics – Brig Gen Prince Osei-Owusu, amongst many.