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“Contemporary Approach to Military Law in Ghana” Officially Launched

28 September 2018.   The book titled ‘Contemporary Approach to Military Law in Ghana’ has been launched at the Burma Hall on Friday, 28 September 2018 at Burma Camp in Accra.

The 570-paged book authored by Lieutenant Colonel Binditi Chitor was intended to serve as a reference manual for both officers and soldiers on issues bothering Military Law in Ghana.

The Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul emphasized that the book epitomized an encyclopedia of Military Law in the country. He added that the book was not only a mere assemblage of facts; rather it was a critical evaluation and dissection of military law in Ghana.

He noted that besides the Armed Forces Act (Act 105) and the Armed Forces Regulations, there was no text book on Military Law. He added that while Treatises on Ghana Law have substantially proliferated over the years, a monograph on Military Law was yet to join the legal textbooks in Ghana. The Minister said it was within this context that the book would be very much appealing to the Ghanaian Legal Fraternity, in particular, and academia in general”.

Hon Nitiwul stated it was gratifying that the book had received widespread approval and added that eminent law scholars, seasoned Judges including His Lordship Justice Senyo Dzamefe, the Acting Judge Advocate at the Ministry of Defence Brig Gen Edem Fiawoo, as well as the Legal Department of GAF have all reviewed and endorsed the book.

The Chairman for the occasion, Justice Senyo Dzamefe, indicated that the layout of the book pointed that a lot of research and untiring effort went into it. To him, it was not surprising that the book had received the endorsement of leading Academicians, Judges and Senior Military Lawyers.

Justice Dzamefe stated that the book was an example of dedication on the part of the author to bring attention to Military law in Ghana, which he said was a less known area of law in the country. He continued that the book sought to identify the pitfalls in military law in Ghana and preferred practical solutions towards making the law robust and compliant with the Constitution of Ghana.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa in his remarks encouraged all ranks to cultivate the habit of writing in areas that will add to the knowledge-base of the Ghana Armed Forces. He said that such writings provided guidance for policy makers and researchers.

The CDS assured all officers, men, women and civilian employees of the Ghana Armed Forces that, he will support the writing of books and the carrying out of research works that sought to provide pragmatic and constructive solutions to any facet of challenge.

The launch was attended by the Military High Command and Heads of Sister Security Agencies.

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