By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The late Major General (Maj Gen) Francis Vib-Sanziri, has had his mortal remains laid to peaceful rest at the Military Cemetery, Burma Camp, Accra, after a solemn and honouring burial service at the St Catherine Catholic Church, Accra, on Friday, 28th June, 2019.
The mass was well attended by a number of dignitaries, such as the President of the Republic of Ghana – Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, Vice President – Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Under Secretary of the United Nations for Peace Operations – Jean Pierre Lacroix, former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Dramani Mahama, Defence Minister and MP for Bimbilla – Dominic Nitiwul and Minister for the Interior – Ambrose Dery.
Others were the Chief of the Defence (CDS) – Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) – Mr David Asante Apeatu, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Maj Gen William Azure Ayamdo, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral (R/Adr) Seth Amoama, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) – Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Frank Hanson and the Chief of Staff (COS), General Headquarters (GHQ) – Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah.
Maj Gen Vib-Sanziri who possessed a very rich resume of high appointments, was appointed as the National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), after which he was appointed as Director-General, International Peace Support Operations (IPSO) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), after which he was appointed to his current position by the United Nations.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 13 October 2017, the appointment of Major General Francis Vib-Sanziri of Ghana as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).
Major General Vib-Sanziri succeeded Major General Jai Shanker Menon of India, who completed his assignment on 30 September 2017.
He has been serving as Director-General of the International Peace Support Operations at the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces since April 2017. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Director, Ghana Army Operations (1996-1998), Deputy Head of the Ghana Military Academy (2002-2004), Commanding Officer of an Infantry Battalion (2004-2009), Director for International Peacekeeping Support Operations in 2009 and Army Secretary at the Army Headquarters (2010-2011).In 2014, he was appointed Director-General for Joint Operations, General Headquarters and also served as Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organization from 2015 to 2017.
Born in 1957, he was married to Commissioner Police (COP) Beatrice Vib-Sanziri of the Ghana Police Service and has two daughters.