By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Burma Camp
As part of Operation Peace Trail, the Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has organized a day’s training programme for twenty-nine (29) members of the Defence Press Corps (DPC), to help sharpen their Military Reporting skills, in the upcoming General Elections 2020.
The exhaustive whole-day cadre, was held at the Command Mess, Burma Camp, on Wednesday, 18th November, 2020, where military resource personnel, led by the Director, DPR – Colonel (Col) Eric Aggrey-Quashie, took turns to communicate legalities, expectations and values of military correspondence and their benefits to the state.
As Col Aggrey-Quashie took the journalists through Ranks and Insignia, Ethical Military Reporting and Military Media Relations, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Godwin Azera – the Deputy Director, Land Operations, informed the media on details of Operation Peace Trail, whiles the Major Michael Naah of Defence Intelligence (DI), expounded on Information Security, whiles Captain Jamal Tonzua of the Legal Department engaged on Legal Implications of Improper Reporting.
Lt Col Azera revealed that GAF has planned a 4-tier strategy in keeping the peace, during and after the Presidential and Parliamentary elections, and will release about 6,000 troops to support the civil Police, at the 3rd and 4th tiers of the plan.
Ops Peace Trail is tasked to identify trouble spots across the country and familiarize with polling centers, deploy in strength close to identified trouble spots, deter potential saboteurs, dominate their Area of Responsibility (AOR) and deny suspected saboteurs, the freedom of action.
Under key Timelines for Ops Peace Trail, GAF is undertaking training and liaison activities in October and November, will participate in Early Voting on 1st December, deploy troops on 4th December, withdraw troops, should there be no election run-off, and withdraw troops on 10th January, 2021, should there be election run-off on 28th December, 2020.
Media houses that participated in the 1-Day DPC Cadre, included Daily Guide, Greene FM and TV, Accra FM, Ghana News Agency, Daily Graphic, Today, JoyNews, Amanie FM, New Times, The Chronicle, Atinka TV, TV3, Ghana Peace Journal and staff of DPR.