The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) – Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah, has acclaimed the strong bonds of unity within Ghana’s military and urged all personnel to get on board, in surmounting the challenges facing GAF.
The Army General averred that although the armed forces is being rebuilt with unity, and that gradually challenges are being scaled, there is still a long way to go, but by God’s grace it shall be done, and that the goal can only be achieved by teamwork.
The Army Commander made the remarks on Wednesday, 25 May, 2022, when he visited troops of Ghana Battalion 10 under Pre-deployment Training and Concentration for United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS), at the Army Peace Operations Training School (APOTS), Battle Training Camp (BTC), Bundase, where he commissioned a mechanized borehole facility and a renovated cook house.
Speaking at a durbar with troops, General Oppong-Peprah stated how the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of GAF – Vice Admiral Seth Amoama and the Service Chiefs, have been supportive of Army operations – how particularly the Air Force had recently cut short a journey of about 11 hours, to one-and-half hours; and how the Navy helps provide supplies to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Dokorkyina.
Maj Gen Oppong-Peprah, who was received by the troops with rapturous and sustained applause, extolled the phenomenon in all Garrisons, where every Commanding Officer (CO) is literally fighting to construct one project or the other, to uplift their units.
The COAS who inspected other ongoing projects at the APOTS, reminded the troops of his vision and urged them to abide by the strategy he had adopted to deliver his vision, and highly commended the CO, UNMISS GHANBATT 10 – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Prince Eric Tandoh, for his sterling leadership and foresight, in working with the Commander APOTS, to deliver those projects.
The Army Commander who reminded the gathering that the Army is constructing Officers’ Quarters at the BK Akafia Transit Quarters at Burma Camp, hinted of intentions to build an ultramodern kitchen with a cafeteria at BTC, more troops accommodation, a 100-bed facility for Officers, as well as the construction of more washroom facilities for the entire camp.
He encouraged the troops to stay away from acts that bring the name of the Armed Forces into disrepute, noting that the GAF had excelled in United Nations peace keeping operations over the years and urged them to maintain this image.
The COAS who opined that Soldiers of the Ghana Armed Forces deserve good and modern facilities, concluded; “as I always say, it is not for me, I am just passing through, I am getting closer to retirement, it is for you. I have done what could be done to set the stage”.
Lt Col Tandoh, who doubles as the CO of the Army’s Fifth Battalion of Infantry (5Bn) led in reconstructing the dilapidated kitchen, fitting it with 3 steamers, installing the first mechanized borehole of BTC and is about completing the construction of a social center for the camp.