Ghana’s Military Centre of Excellence and College – the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) has held a Matriculation ceremony and an Induction Religious Service for 86 Senior Officers, to officially commence the pursuit of Senior Command and Staff Course (Past Staff College – “psc”) and Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Defence and International Politics (MDIP), Course 44, in eleven months.
The Matriculation and Induction Services, were held on Tuesday, 29 September and Sunday, 2 October, 2022, at the Hamidu Hall of the Military College, with the Guests-of-Honour being Dr Yaw Appiah-Marfo and Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Albert Kabenlah Adu (Rtd) – former Deputy Commandant of the College, who grounded arms after 36 years of dedicated service with the Colours at GAFCSC, respectively.
At the induction ceremony, which had the theme: “Overcoming Challenges in the Pursuit of Knowledge”, Brig Gen Adu, urging the Senior Officers to seek God’s guidance, especially in their pursuit of knowledge on the course, intimated that they have an opportunity to excel unhindered, if they add the God-factor at the centre of all their undertakings.
Summing up the aims and objectives of the course, the retired General said it is to spawn better Officers, well-prepared and equipped to better appreciate the dynamics and complexities of their responsibilities in an ever-changing global stage, to well serve their respective Armed Forces, country and humanity. He however, cautioned that if they do not strategize on how to overcome challenges they may encounter along the way, they would find themselves being at sea, without a compass or GPS.
He added that as Senior Officers who are assumed to already possess virtues of honesty, integrity and exceptional performance, the Course would require them to sharpen these attributes, acquire new skills and ehance their knowledge, to be able to function effectively and efficiently in higher appointments.
Brig Gen Adu concluded that the Senior Command and Staff Course of GAFCSC would impart good leadership qualities, including effective communication skills, sound knowledge of military strategy, an appreciable understanding of the geopolitics of global issues, and an additional wealth of knowledge, which cannot be found in books.
Representing the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) – which is GAFCSC’s mentoring institution and certifies the MDIP programme – Dr Yaw Appiah-Marfo said at the Matriculation that GIMPA expects the students to recognize the need to be rigorous in their academic engagements, be analytical, strive to acquire critical thinking skills and apply them in their course works and dissertations.
Reminding them of the importance of the dissertation, he said it would be a key component of requirements to the award of the MDIP, by which students contribute significantly to the world of learning through research, by gathering empirical data or the use of databases, to deal with pertinent issues of today’s complex and ever-changing world, particularly in the areas of security and defence.
GAFCSC’s Class of 2023 MDIP and Senior Command and Staff Course 44 has 25 Senior Military Officers from Benin, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, who have joined a select 61 Senior Officers from the 3 Services of the Ghana Armed Forces, with ranks of Lieutenant Colonel or Major in the Army, and its equivalent in the Navy and Air Force.
Present at the ceremonies included the Commandant, GAFCSC – Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour, his Deputy and Assistant Commandants, Dean of Academic Affairs – Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Chief Instructors, Directors, Directing Staff, the GAF Central Band and the Teshie Camp Methodist Presbyterian Church Choir.
By Kofi Ampeah-Woode