The President and Commander in Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has on Friday 18 October 2019 commissioned 132 Officers at the premises of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA).
The commissioned Officers comprised 103 graduands from Regular Career Course (RCC) 59 with 29 graduands from the Short Service Commission/Special Duties Course (SSC) 57.
The President, in his speech at the graduation ceremony, stated that after fifteen months of hectic training, the day marked the defining moments for the graduands who passed the test of dedication and discipline and were set to start their professional careers with GAF.
He stated that, the Officers would be ushered into a new phase of life which was full of significant challenges with important responsibilities and explained that GAF as well as the people of Ghana would demand a lot from them.
He reminded the graduands they were joining a profession whose members did not only uphold its image but also continued to ensure the territorial integrity of the nation was preserved, thereby, reinforcing its independence and sovereignty.
“In order to execute your onerous obligations, the motto of the Academy; Service, Devotion and Sacrifice, must always be your guiding principle,” he admonished. He therefore charged them to discharge their duties professionally, diligently, fearlessly and efficiently.
President Akufo-Addo urged the newly commissioned Officers to engage the full support of their civilian citizens since they were partners in national development. He also urged them to promote national integration and cohesion; bearing in mind that Ghana occupied a respectable and envious position in the world schedule.
He cautioned the graduands to guard against acts that would bring the nation and the image of GAF into disrepute. “Your actions should be to enhance or the very least maintain the standards set by predecessor generations of officers of GAF,” he said.
He assured government was not relenting in its effort to transform GAF into a formidable model that would continue to enhance the capabilities of GAF in the development of our nation.
Some deserving graduands were awarded for their outstanding performances in various categories, namely; The Chief of the Air Staff’s Award, The Chief of the Naval Staff’s Award, The Chief of the Army Staff’s award, The Chief of the Defence Staff Award. These respectively were presented to Cadet Sergeant Major (CSM) Buerno Peter, Junior Under Officer (JUO) Sarpong Prince Appiah, Senior Under Officer (SUO) Nketiah Bernard and Junior Under Officer (JUO) Abuyah David Kofi.
Whereas Cadet Quarter Master Sergeant (CQMS) Dapaah Edwin, was awarded with Academic Cane, JUO Amankwah George Junior was awarded with the Military Cane while SUO Nketia Bernard was awarded with the Sword of Honour.
The occasion was graced by the Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, the Inspector General of Police; James Oppong-Bonuah, the Service Chiefs, some retired Service Chiefs, Senior Officers among others.