The Commandant, Military Academy Training Schools (MATS), Maj Gen William Omane Agyekum has said that Information Communication Technology (ICT) is a critical tool in information warfare which required effort, commitment and determination to equip students with the vital knowledge and skills needed to achieve its objectives.
Maj Gen William Omane Agyekum mentioned this at the commissioning and opening ceremony of Signal BIII-BII and Signal Basic Course1-2019 as well as renovation of classroom block at the Signal Training School, Burma Camp on 31 July 2019.
He noted that communication was a fast changing area, they students must endeavour to keep up with the technological advancements in order to remain effective. He added that Command was aware of the numerous infrastructural and logistical challenges the school was faced with and would do its best to provide the requisite support for students in the Signal Training School.
“As soldiers of this noble profession you must be ready to equip yourselves with the competencies required to deal with emerging trends and innovations associated with communications and Information System,” he added.
He advised the students to take the opportunity to learn new skills, gather new ideas that would enhance their professional outlook and develop a habit of excellence, learn to act and work accordingly in meeting the required standards and procedures of the school.
The Commandant MATS commended the school for introducing new subjects such as Communication Security, Signal Tactics and special training on some Surveillance System, Voice Over Internet Protocol Communication and Satellite Communication.
The Commanding Officer, (CO), Signal Training School Lt Col Peter Abban, in his address noted that, the objective of the course was to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to effectively perform their duties as organic signalers with the view of laying a sound foundation for subsequent professional development.
Lt Col Peter Abban stressed that a lot would be required from the students since their physical and mental endurance would be put to test urging them to show high level of enthusiasm, curiosity and dedication to face the challenges that comes with the courses.
The Commandant MATS was joined by the Director of Communications Col Matthew Essien of the Signal Regiment to commission the newly renovated two-unit Classroom Block for the Signal Regiment Training School.