By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa – Chief the Defence Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has urged all military personnel, not to avert their minds from the increasing call to duty to defend the land borders, maritime domain and air corridors of Ghana.
General Akwa was speaking as the Guest of Honour (GoH), at the annual Thanksgiving and Religious Parade, which was spiced with a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols under the theme; “God Our Hope For Today And Tomorrow”, on Sunday 22nd December 2019, at the Burma Hall, Burma Camp.
The CDS backed his call with an intimation that one may only have to listen/watch/read the news, to appreciate that it is becoming more real and very urgent, to pay attention to the call to be vigilant of the nation’s territorial integrity.
Highlighting the challenges in the year 2019, the CDS lauded all personnel for their resilience, stressing that operational tempo has been very high, both internally and externally, hence personal on external peacekeeping missions and various high commissions and embassies, have all been under pressure.
General Akwa then commended all ranks for the good record they had achieved this year, by adhering to the appeal – that all should drive safely and adopt a defensive position.
Lt Gen Akwa urged deeper acceptance and appreciation of the time-tested truth that “integrated cooperation and the convenient team will always achieve set objectives”, quoting an advertisement on the streets of Accra that says “together we are more”, admonishing all GAF personnel to put their resources together and be each other’s keeper.
Dignitaries present at the event included the Chief of the Army Staff – Major General (Maj Gen) William Azure Ayamdo, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Seth Amoama, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) – Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Frank Hanson, Chief of Staff (CoS), General Headquarters – Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah, amongst many.