The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa has cautioned personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces to be alert and prepared to respond to emergencies during the festive season.
He explained that during the yuletide, personnel must be vigilant and maintain a defensive posture at all times since the call to duty to defend the land boarder, maritime domain and the air corridors of the country are becoming more real.
He made these known during this year’s festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and End of Year Thanksgiving Religious Parade under the theme “God our hope for today and tomorrow” at the Burma Hall on Sunday, 22 December 2019.
“As we relax and reflect during the period, we must do so with both eyes opened,” he said and added that inevitably, some personnel would have to be on standby whiles others take their holiday.
Although 2019 was a very challenging year, CDS applauded personnel for their resilience and was grateful to God for the mercy and grace that has brought the Ghana Armed Forces this far. He was hopeful the same grace would see the organisation through the coming year.
The occasion witnessed a competitive performance from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Mass Choirs singing a number of carols. Representatives from various units also read the required lessons. Air Force Choir was adjudged the exceptional choir of the occasion and was awarded with Gh?5000.00.
The service was conducted by the Director, Religious Affairs, Reverend Captain (GN) Paul Adjei-Djan and Imam Major NA Mohammed.
Service Chiefs, Directors General, Formation Commanders, some Senior Officers among others were present to grace the occasion.