The Ghana Army has held its annual Commanding Officers’ (COs) Convention under the theme “Ghana Army: Providing security for National Development,” at the Arakan Officers’ Mess in Burma Camp from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 October 2019.
The three day forum was aimed at discussing pertinent issues of concern to the Ghana Army and the nation as a whole. In attendance were all Commanding officers and Commanders Rear from the various Units of the Ghana Army.
Among the issues discussed were Leadership and Officer Behavior, Unit Officers Training Development, Upholding your calling into the Officer Corps through morale and spiritual integrity, PROMEX, Promotion of Other Ranks, Pay and Allowances, Officer /Man Relationship, Handling Challenges of Social Media.
The Chief Staff Officer (CSO) of the Ghana Army, Brigadier General Amoah Ayisi, said the Ghana Army had evolved over time out of many experiences and challenges which had been turned into opportunities to the benefit of the service.
He noted that, despite many logistical and financial challenges, the Army continued to perform its functions as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. He reiterated that the involvement of the Ghana Army in International Peace Support Operations (IPSO) in line with foreign policy of the state and in the performance of their core mandate of providing internal security had created a good image for the army.
He stressed, discipline was gradually becoming a source of worry for both serving and retired service personnel. “Discipline is the foundation upon which any professional or formidable army operates,” he said. He therefore charged Commanders both active and retired to epitomize discipline wherever they found themselves.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command, Brig Gen AY Nsiah, hoped that the key issues discussed during the 3 days convention would elicit some drastic change. “I hope you have made resolutions which would make your work better as commanding Officers and Unit Commanders.”