By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
Leadership at the helm of the ‘Ghana Navy Ship’ Eastern Naval Command (ENC), has successfully changed into the hands of Commodore (Cdre) Samuel Walker, after twenty-two months of being under the control of Cdre James Osei Kontoh, as the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC).
The handing/taking over military parade, took place at the Naval Base, Tema, Manhean, on Thursday, 12th September, 2019, under the aegis of the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral Seth Amoama.
Presenting a summary of his leadership, during his farewell speech at the ceremony, Cdre Kontoh stated that the FOC of an operational and sensitive Command such as the ENC, has the rare opportunity to directly contribute to national economic development, by ensuring the security of several companies and very important national assets like the Tema Harbour and the Tema Oil Refinery.
Under his watch, numerous self-help projects begun and are being undertaken in the Command, a few being GHACEM and Ramani supporting the Command with cement and iron rods respectively, Ferro Fabriks donating a brand new Mitsubishi Pick Up to support administrative duties, and Jon Moore International giving money in support of the projects.
Apart from participating in well-established military operations like Ops VANGUARD, Ops CALM LIFE, etc personnel from the Command continued to be on the Volta Lake, where they assisted the local community in safe and secured water transportation.
Personnel of the Command also got involved in cleanup exercises, organized by the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly – Felix Annan-La and the Member of Parliament (MP) of Tema East Constituency and Deputy Minister of Transport – Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover.
The ENC has also been at the forefront in the fight against all forms of illegal activities, including armed robbery, drug trafficking, illegal fuel bunkering, illegal unreported unregulated fishing, etc.
The deeply religious and distinguished Commodore Kontoh, who moves on to the Ghana High Commission to Nigeria, as the Defence Attaché, stated that as part of the Ghana Navy’s Diamond Anniversary celebrations, ENC carried out its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), by reaching out to the poor and needy in society, by visiting Mahlef Orphanage Foundation, at Tema New Town, and to the Akropong School for the Blind.
Other dignitaries present at the parade included the Tema Mantse – Dr Nii Adjei Krakue II and members of the Association of Retired Naval Officers (ARNO) and the Naval Wives Association (NAWA).