The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Magajia Association has officially launched its maiden cloth as part of efforts to uplift the Association.
The cloth which is designed with a combination of blue triangles with yellow dots with the Association’s iconic logo imprinted on it was unveiled on Wednesday 29 July 2020 at the Burma Hall in Accra.
Speaking at the launch, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen OB Akwa commended the Association for bringing out such a special fabric which would identify the unique position of magajias in the Armed Forces. He said the Military High Command would also support the Association at all times to run its agendas.
Talking on the roles of magajias in the Armed Forces, the CDS said they were always seen participating in barracks sanitation, social events, and taking part in Units WASSA and also acting as mediators and conflict resolution experts in the barracks. “With all these roles you play in the barracks, I must say you are a force behind a force,” he added.
He then urged them to continue to champion the COVID-19 sensitization programme to fight and win the battle against the pandemic in the barracks.
In her address, the Guest of Honour, Mrs Felicia Danquah, the wife of former CDS, Lt Gen JB Danquah, expressed her excitement on the Association’s initiative to outdoor a new cloth which they would be identified with, nationwide. She said a magajia should be affable, selfless, smart and should have considerable years of barracks experience and a good understanding of the Units tradition and policies.
Mrs Danquah said magajias had numerous duties to perform in the barracks. Notable among them are; administration of wives of personnel, mobilizing wives for the cleanliness of the barracks, rallying wives for Commanding Officers’ durbar, providing support to bereaved widows and organizing visits to sick or hospitalized wives.
She said the magajia system had contributed to the unity and teamwork among wives of personnel of GAF. “This excellent system provides support for wives especially in the absence of their husband,” she added.
She admonished the madajias to rally members through weekly, monthly or quarterly meetings to discuss issues of interest. She also encouraged them to undertake health walk or physical training sessions, economics ventures such as clean-up exercises, donation, lectures among others.
The origin of “magajia” is a Hausa title usually conferred on women who excel in society. The system existed during the Glover Hausa Regiment through to the Gold Coast Constabulary which had most of its non-commissioned personnel as Hausas. The Ghana Armed Forces adopted the magajia system to effectively mobilize spouses, mainly women to take care of the families whiles their husbands went on operations and other national commitments.
Present at the launch were the Service Chiefs, Formation Commanders, Officers, Men and Civilian employees of GAF.