16 August 2018. The Vice President of Ghana and Chairman of the Armed Forces Council Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has admonished graduands of the Senior Division Course 39 and Master of Science in Defence and International Politics (MDIP) to keep the spirit of camaraderie as that would be needful in their future endeavours.
He explained that the acquaintances and networks generated over the period of the course were fundamental in engaging on matters of national and international strategic significance. He added that maintaining those cordial relationships at both the personal and professional level would largely enhance career accomplishments of the graduands. “Continue to keep the camaraderie you have built during your term in the college and you would benefit from it,” he encouraged.
Dr Bawumia gave the advice on Thursday, 16 August 2018 when he addressed the graduation ceremony for Senior Division Course 39 and Master of Science in Defence and International Politics (Msc DIP) of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) at the Hamidu Hall, Teshie.
He acknowledged GAFCSC for the niche it carved for itself as a centre of excellence in Africa and also for training Junior and Senior Officers for Command Staff and leadership roles in their respective Armed Forces and Allied Security Institutions. He mentioned that the college had a unique system of upholding regional and international connections at different levels.
He also used the opportunity to congratulate the graduands for partaking in the course that put to test their mental and physical endurance. He noted that this would enhance their capability to shoulder higher responsibilities and surpass challenges when they did surface. He therefore, urged them to use the knowledge they had acquired to make positive impacts on their respective organizations. “The knowledge and experience you have acquired here in a combined college atmosphere like GAFCSC will prove priceless in your respective future career engagements,” he said.
Dr Bawumia also expressed government commitment to support the college with the necessary resources to enable it retain its status as a Centre of Excellence on the continent.
The Commandants of GAFCSC, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama in his remarks congratulated the students for successfully meeting the criteria for the award of “PSC” and MDIP respectively. He, therefore, urged the graduands not to forget the values of loyalty, accountability and the supreme quality of leadership which was integrity as that would help them to earn the trust and commitment of their superiors. He advised the students to be exemplary torch bearers of the noble institution by always keeping the GAFCSC flame burning in all future endeavours.
He further congratulated the spouses of the graduating officers for their invaluable sacrifices.
This year’s Senior Division Course named Pass Staff Course saw 58 students comprising 38 from the Ghana Armed Forces and 20 from nine African countries including Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia and Cote D’Ivoire while 43 students participated in the MSc Defence and International Politics course.
The course was aimed at equipping participants to meet professional demands as middle level managers and leaders.
Awards were given to deserving students respectively. Presents at the occasion were the Minister for Interior Hon Ambrose Dery, the Chief of the Defence Staff Lt Gen OB Akwa, Commandants of GAFCSC R/Adm S Amoama, Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu and former Supreme Court Judge Justice William Atuguba.