By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The Commanding Officer (CO) of Ghana Army’s 66 Artillery Regiment – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Edward Sarpong Appiah, has called on his troops to collaborate closely with other Security Services in the Volta and Oti Regions, to attain more successes in dealing with the activities of secessionist groups and other criminal elements, in the two Administrative Regions.
The ‘Gunners’ CO made the call at a Religious and Induction Service held at the St Ignatius Catholic Church, Volta Barracks, Ho, on Sunday 22nd August 2021, to commit his Command and the Regiment into God’s hands for guidance and guardian help for the years ahead.
Lt Col Appiah, who assumed command on Tuesday, 29th December, 2020, from his predecessor – Colonel (Col) Bernard Baba Pantoah (Director, Training, Army Headquarters – stated that “the posture of the Regiment in combating secessionist groups and other illegal activities, has not changed and you can be guaranteed that we will deal ruthlessly with anyone who tries to destabilize the two Regions under our responsibility”.
He further assured the people of the Volta and Oti Regions of their safety and security and called on them to support the efforts of the Security Services in the two Regions, by providing timely information on the activities of miscreants and perpetrators of lawlessness.
Stating his vision for the Regiment, during his tenure, which is “to have a highly motivated Unit with High Standard of Discipline, Hard work and Professionalism”, Lt Col Appiah said that he acknowledges that he could not achieve that without the loyalty, support and commitment of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), young Soldiers and Civilian Employees under his Command.
Promising to enhance troops’ welfare and to commit to an open-door administrative policy, the CO was however, quick to encourage Soldiers under his command to use the appropriate chain of Command, to address issues of concern, to maintain decency and order.
Referring to an award scheme he instituted this year specially for drivers of his Command – which seeks to award diligent and hardworking chauffeurs monthly – the CO congratulated those who had so far won awards, urging them to commit to diligent work, to ensure that the vehicles on charge to the Unit are always in good condition, defensively driven and troops onboard are safe.
The Guest of Honour for the Induction Parade was the General Officer Commanding, Southern Command – Brigadier General Michael Amoah Ayisi, with other dignitaries in attendance being the Volta Regional Minister – Dr Archibald Letsa, Col Pantoah, the Command Operations Officer, Southern Command – Col KKK Afrifa, CO, Artillery Training School – Lt Col KS Appiah, and Guest Preacher, Rt. Rev Lt Col Bliss Kofi Abgeko (rtd) – Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Ghana.