By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Seth Amoama has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the National Defence College (NDC) by His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari of Nigeria, in recognition of his exceptional achievements and distinguished service to the Republic of Ghana, culminating in his elevation to the high office of the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
The investiture of the award was held at the Graduation Ceremony of Course 27 of the NDC in Abuja on Friday 2nd August, 2019, where the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces – President Buhari – was the Guest of Honour.
A statement by the NDC inviting the CNS for the investiture stated, “Your rise to the pinnacle of the Ghana Navy did not come to us in the College as a surprise because we have followed your progress with keen and pleasing interest. The outstanding leadership, uncommon patriotism and epic professionalism that you have demonstrated in the course of your very distinguished career in the Ghana Navy, since your graduation from the NDC as a member of Course 21 have been of pride to us.”
“Your personal qualities, leadership traits and professional performance aptly typify the core values of the NDC for which we are truly proud and extremely gratified to be associated with you”, the NDC citation continued.
The Commandant of the NDC – R/Adm Mackson Kadiri, said that the higher defence strategic studies programme of the college had gained international acceptance as a valid strategic professional military training education in Africa and beyond.
“Due to the effort of the defence headquarters under the able leadership of the Chief of the Defence Staff, the foreign participation in the NDC Course 27 is the largest ever since inception of the college, this indicates the rising international profile of the College,” R/Adm Kadiri posited.
127 participants drawn from the Nigerian military, the police, relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) of the government of Nigeria, as well as military officers from allied countries graduated from the course, 94 officers of the rank of Brigadier General, Colonel and equivalent from the Navy and Air Force and three Commissioners of Police.
Others were 13 civilians from strategic MDAs of government and 17 participants from allied countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama enlisted into the Ghana Armed Forces as a Naval Cadet in 1981 and had his initial training at the Ghana Military Academy and was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Ghana Navy in December 1984, after completing his training at the Pakistan Naval Academy, where he was a proud winner of the Sword of Honour on graduation.
Rear Admiral Amoama’s military training and qualifications include; International Sub-Lieutenant Course at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK, the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff Courses – both Junior and Senior Divisions at Teshie, Accra and was the Best All Round graduate on both courses, a member of the Naval Staff Course, Class 53 at US Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island graduating with distinction and a graduate from the Nigerian Defence College in August 2013 as the Best All Round.
R/Adm Amoama is an alumni of the Galilee Institute of Management in Israel and holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the Political Science Department of University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
R/Adm was seconded to the United Nations Headquarters as Military Planning Officer at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations from February 2005 to May 2008, the Director of Administration at the Naval Headquarters, Military Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and later the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the Naval Headquarters, he was the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command and on 1 July 2016, he became the Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
Admiral Amoama has some peacekeeping experience, having served as UN Military Observer in Rwanda (1995-1996), UN Liaison Officer in Lebanon (1997-1998) and UN Staff Officer in Sierra Leone (2001-2002). He is married to Victoria with three children and likes music, flowers and plays hockey.
R/Adm Amoama was appointed by the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of GAF – His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the Chief of the Naval Staff, on the 8th of January 2019.