Defence and security issues the world over, have become complex but more transparent than before, thus, no single agency could possibly develop all the capabilities needed to manage even the simplest security and defence situation.
The Commandant, Military Academy Training Schools (MATS) – Major General (Maj Gen) Charles Kodjo Abede Asomaning Awity, asserted at the closing ceremony of the two-week Defence Management Course 2022 of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), on Friday July 8, 2022, at which he was the Guest-of-Honour.
General Awity emphasized that Defence Management is a multi-agency task that require varied skills and capabilities, due to the increasing sophistication and illusive nature of the threats in today’s world, making it a more delicate process.
Presenting training in the Management of Defence and Security as a critical requirement for any nation, the Commandant urged countries to turn Defence Policies into practice, and in so doing, develop appropriate and sustainable planning mechanisms, support systems and infrastructure.
Maj Gen Awity said Defence Management is important as it strives towards effectiveness and efficiency of defence forces, ensuring that they fulfil their duty of providing public Security and Defence, against external threats, in the best possible way.
He averred that Defence Management is relevant and vital for continued national development, as it exposes uniformed and civilian personnel working within the security sector, to the principles and techniques for the governance and management of Defence and Security sectors, and helps all players to locate Defence within the wider context of sub-regional, national and other security setups.
The Defence Management Course ‘22, which the Military College collaborated with the British High Commission in Ghana and Cranfield University to organize, commenced on Monday 27 June, 2022 with 103 participants, 85 being Regular Students/Military Officers of the College, 59 of the 85 being from the Ghana Armed Forces, and 26 from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo.
External participants were from Ghana’s Ministries of Interior, Energy, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Defence, National Security, and agencies like Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana National Fire Service, Narcotics Commission, National Investigations Bureau, and departments such as Tema Oil Refinery, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Graphic Communications, Civil Service and Sugrinooma (a private institution).
Participants and resource persons were given the task of generating capacity that will lead to profound changes in the way and manner defence and security sectors are managed, and shared experiences to stimulate discussions, recommended workable and sustainable solutions that would guide policy decisions, for the effective and efficient management of Defence and Security sectors.
Present at the closing ceremony included the Commandant – Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour, the Deputy Commandant – Brigadier General Seidu, Chief Coordinator – Colonel Mantey, Director of Academic Affairs – Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Course Director, Chief Instructors, Resource Persons and Directing Staff of GAFCSC.