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In consonance with the vision of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) High Command; to provide and improve relevant training infrastructure for its personnel, the Ghana Army (GA) has resurrected the once comatose, famous Daboya Training Camp, in the North Gonja District of the Savannah Region, by constructing and commissioning eight (8) critical facilities at the now re-christened Army Special Operation Training School (ASOTS).
The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah, commissioned the historic restorative projects – which are one 100-bed dormitory, a 100-seater lecture hall, 3-bedroom accommodation block, ablution units, 12 Squad-sheds, 2 Lecture Sheds, a medical laboratory, an Officers’ Mess, and Commanding Officer’s Accommodation, on Tuesday, 5th October, 2021.
The COAS, in his speech as the Guest-of-Honour, attributed the success of the resuscitation of ASOTS to the collective efforts of personnel of the GA, with the help of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Vice Admiral (V/Adm) Seth Amoama and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) – Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Frank Hanson.
The Daboya Camp, which over time, had become a sight of deterioration and abandonment, was re-designated as ASOTS, as part of the expansion program in the GA, after the initial construction of 3-bedroom accommodation blocks, additional ablution units, squad and lecture Sheds, obstacle course, gallery range and provision of appropriate logistics to support training, under General Oppong-Peprah.
ASOTS has successfully trained and passed out its first batch of 385 recruits in 2021, however, the COAS indicated that the successful training carried out has necessitated the expansion of the school’s infrastructure, for the increased intake of recruits.
The Army Commander also intimated that the Government of Ghana funded the 100-bed dormitory and the 100-seater lecture hall, that the CDS funded the CO’s accommodation and the renovation of the School’s Mess, while the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints provided medical equipment and stores worth $25,000, with construction works, in record time of 2 months, by Sub-Sul Ventures.
General Oppong-Peprah finally stated that, plans are far advanced to construct accommodation facilities for the staff of ASOTS and their families, under the Government’s Barracks Regeneration Project.
The CAS – AVM Frank Hanson, who was present and cut the tape for one of the projects, stated his hope that the spirit of ASOTS would marry-up with that of the Air Force, to deliver on the mandate of GAF, into the future.
Other dignitaries present included the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Northern Command – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Moses Mohammed Aryee, the Commander, Army Special Operations Brigade (CASOB) – Brig Gen Matthew Essien, the Director General, Logistics, GAF – Brig Gen Prince Osei-Owusu, the CO, ASOTS – Lieutenant Colonel Amarh Quaye, Mr Adam Saaka and Mr Mumin – Managers of Sub Sul Ventures, amongst many.