By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) has brought to a successful end, a two-week Conflict Resolution Course for 67 military officers from 14 African countries and a number of Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) and selected media personnel.
The graduation ceremony, which was held on Friday, 19th July, 2019 at the Ankrah Hall, GAFCSC, had the Deputy Defence Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, in the Bono East Region – Major (Maj) Derek Oduro (rtd) as the Guest of Honour.
The purpose of the 2-week Course was aimed at getting stakeholders in the management of conflict situations to continue to build capacity, with a key objective being to create and reinforce links amongst personnel and agencies, as a prerequisite in the management of any crisis situation.
The Course also crafted discussions among participants that sought to seek appropriate responses to the right means of resolving conflicts and the management of crisis situations, which should remain on the front burner of all stakeholders, to which the Minister promised that the suggestions would be fine-tuned and incorporated into the national conflict and crisis management plans.
The Deputy Minister said in his speech that “our own experiences of the sporadic conflicts in some parts of the country, should guide our advance planning as managers of conflicts and crisis”, opining that early warning could be achieved through the needed investment in intelligence and surveillance.
Maj Oduro (rtd) also surmised that crisis management is a multi-agency task, which requires varied skills and multiple capabilities and that, no single agency would be effective in managing even the simplest crisis, hence, a key success factor is the coordination of efforts of all agencies involved, in order to ensure effective and efficient management of any situation.
The MP also urged participants from respective organisations to serve as trainers of trainees, to enable more people benefit from the concept and also serve as advisers and consultants in conflict and crisis matters, even in their organizations.
“I assure you that government will collaborate with all stakeholders to make the needed support available to relevant agencies, to ensure a robust early warning system with regard to conflicts and plan accordingly”.
The British Government has continually sponsored the Conflict Resolution Course, as well as many others at the military College.
Other participants outside the military were personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Prison Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Narcotic Control Board, National Disaster Management Organization, Forestry Commission, National Communications Authority, Ghana Maritime Authority, National Petroleum Authority, Tema Oil Refinery, Youth Employment Agency, Microfinance and Small Loans Centre, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Joy FM and Citi FM.
Present at the graduation were Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour – Commandant, GAFCSC, Dr Vladmir Antwi-Danso – Dean, Academic Affairs, GAFCSC, Dr Okoe Boye – MP for Ledzokuku and the Defence Attache to the British High Commission.