By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Burma Camp
Despite COVID-19 induced limitations, the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) has successfully graduated 72 Middle and Senior Officers of 12 African Armed Forces, for Senior Division Course 41 and 36 other graduates for only MSc Defence and International Politics (MDIP) Class of 2020.
The graduation ceremony, took place at the Burma Hall, Burma Camp, on Friday, August 14th, 2020, with the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana – His Excellency (HE) Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, as the Guest-of-Honour.
After eleven months of sustained and focused academic work, as well as exercises that brought the best out of them and testing their physical and mental endurance, the military officers (46 of whom are of the Ghana Armed Forces) obtained the ‘pass staff college’ (psc) symbol and an MDIP degree.
Addressing the audience at the graduation, HE Dr Bawumia referred to the military college as a prime national asset, which the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) provides direction and mentorship for, for which reason many African Armed Forces encourage their personnel to train at the College.
Bemoaning the inability of the course to embark on the Africa Study Tour in April, which is a part of the Experiential Learning package, Dr Bawumia however expressed satisfaction with the participants’ resourcefulness, in undertaking online research and virtual interviews, which enabled them to submit quality work with sound recommendations.
The Veep also assured the graduands that the recommendations of their Regional Study Tour, will find expression in Government policy, in respect of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the handling of the six-newly created regions in the country.
Vice President Bawumia, finally stated that the construction of a 54-Unit residential accommodation for the military college and funded through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET-Fund) is near completion, and have enabled the College to expand its intake, at both the Junior and Senior Divisions, by additional 10 students each and to accommodate other sister security services, who join the College for modular courses.
Some of the awards and awardees were; Honour Graduate and Chief of Army Staff Award – Major (Maj) KA Appau, Ghana Army, 2nd Best and Chief of Naval Staff Award – Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) KN Ansong, Ghana Navy, 3rd Best and Best Student in MSc DIP – Maj MO Benefo, Ghana Army, Best Allied Student – Maj IJ Ufua, Nigeria Army, Most Improved Student – Maj B Batsei, Botswana Air Force, Chief of Air Staff Award – Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) AR Mustapha, Ghana Air Force and Everard Award – Sqn Ldr AD Yakubu, Nigeria Air Force.
Dignitaries present included the Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament for Bimbilla Constituency – Mr Dominic Nitiwul, the Chief of the Defence Staff – Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, the Chief of the Army Staff – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, the Chief of the Naval Staff – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Seth Amoama, the Chief of the Air Staff – Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson.
Additionally, the Commandant of GAFCSC – R/Adm Moses Beick-Baffour, the Rector of GIMPA – Professor PE Bondzie-Simpson and the Dean of Academic Affairs, GAFCSC – Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, were present.