The Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong, has charged new graduates from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College to ensure that their actions after graduating from the Staff College are guided by an enhanced national interest.
She gave the caution, when she delivered the keynote address as Guest of Honour, during the Graduation Ceremony of 50 officers from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) Junior Staff Course 65 on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Staff College at Teshie.
She also saluted the brilliant effort of the military high command, the leadership and management of GAFCSC for ensuring that resources are made available for human resource capacity building of our Armed Forces, and the extent to which facilities have been extended to our sister neighbouring countries.
The Minister, commended the new officers for successfully completing their courses. ” After going through 16 weeks of arduous training, with many sleepless nights and tough grueling days, I strongly hold the trust that the knowledge you have acquired will enhance your understanding of security in a wider perspective and equip you adequately to perform well in your roles”
The Regional Minister, also touched on the need to expand the spirit of collaboration between the GAFCSC and the civilian populace to appreciate security concerns and some of the challenges and opportunities that exist to support development.
She further emphasized the demand of all to ensure we do not become victims of terrorism and biological threats such as the Ebola Virus and the Zika Virus Disease.
Mavis Ama Frimpong, whose motivating address, was punctuated by intermittent applause of appreciation from the large audience, expressed her deep appreciation to the Commandant and his team at the College for honouring her as the first female Special Guest.
The conferment of junior staff course, ‘JSC ‘ was administered by the Commandant of the Staff College, Air Vice Marshall Issifu S Kadri.
The colourful graduation ceremony was attended by the spouses, family and friends of the graduands, a cross section of dignitaries including Brigadier General Amanie (Rtd), the Defence Advisor of the British High Commission.
The Commandant’s Prize Essay was awarded to Capt E K Spio-Thompson, whilst Capt I K Boako, was decorated with the Overall Best Students Award.
In his introductory remarks, the Chief Instructor, Colonel W Dzandu-Hedidor, also commended the soldiers for coming out successful in their training.
He affirmed that the three areas chosen for the students to conduct their research on during their tour of the Eastern region; menace of Fulani herdsmen, Illegal mining and Youth unemployment, has assisted the Directors of the college, officers and the Armed Forces to come up with appropriate measures to combat the challenges.