By GHANENGCOY 7 PI CELL
The Force Commander (FC) of the United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Dennis Gyllensporre, has amplified Ghana’s commitment, support, contribution and recognition towards global peace and service to Humanity.
The FC made this admission on Friday 8th November, 2019 at the United Nations (UN) Medals Presentation Ceremony, for the Ghana Engineer Company 7 (GHANENGCOY 7), deployed at the Integrated Supper Camp (ISC), in Tombouctou, Mali.
In his speech, Lt Gen Gyllensporre, noted that the physical representation of the Company’s engineer works, with excellent timely delivery of Task Orders, is a testimony of professionalism on the part of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), in the mission area.
General Gyllensporre mentioned amongst others, that the prudent provision of mobility, survivability and general engineering support, are the core of the mandate of MINUSMA, while on security and mandate responsibility, the FC further urged the medal recipients, to remain courageous, robust, efficient and proactive at all times.
The Officer Commanding (OC) GHANENGCOY 7, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Winston Luck Kwao Djiyehue, during his welcome address, disclosed that out of the 91 engineering Task Orders received from the Sector West Headquarters, his Company has successfully completed 85 within the past 9 months, with the remaining ongoing.
These Task Orders, the OC added, were rehabilitation and repairs of existing buildings and structures, construction of prefabricated buildings, construction of permanent and Transit Camps, relocation and deployment of Temporary Operating Bases, maintenance and upgrading of major and alternative resupply routes.
Others are constructions of helipads, general maintenance and repairs, site preparation for camp constructions, airfield maintenance and repairs, provision of force protection, installation of water purification and treatment plants, water production, as well as the maintenance of water treatment facilities, amongst others.
Ghana’s Ambassador to Mali, HE Major General (Maj Gen) Francis Adu-Amanfo (rtd), who represented the Government and President of the Republic of Ghana, the Leader of Delegation and Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen William Azure Ayamdo with the other members of the medal delegation, Senior Officers and Civilian Staff of the UN and religious and political leaders of Tombouctou city for their representation.
As part of activities to mark the medals day celebration, there were the delegation’s courtesy calls in Bamako, on Ghana’s Ambassador to Mali, Maj Gen Francis Adu-Amanfo (rtd), MINUSMA Force Commander, and MINUSMA Director of Mission Support – Norman Atkins, Force Armées Maliennes Commander – Maj Gen Coulibaly Abdoulaye, and other key components of the mission.
Additionally, there was a live band by the “Sappers International live Band” on the evening of Saturday 9 November, 2019 at the Sappers Camp, Tombouctou.
There was also a Thanksgiving and Religious Parade and friendly volleyball match, between Combodia EOD Unit on Sunday 11 November 2019 to climax the medals celebration, with the outcome being 3-1, in favour of the Ghana Army Engineers.
GHANENGCOY 7 was deployed in Tombouctou, Mali, on 5 February 2019, for a one year Tour of Duty and the Company still has 3 more months to complete its mandate, with the task of providing engineering support to MINUSMA Units in Tombouctou before returning to Ghana.