5 February 2019. The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Ghana Army, Maj Gen William Azure Ayamdo has paid a day’s working visit to troops of the Ghana Independent Infantry Company (GHANCOY1) serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday 5 February 2019, at Mango Camp in Aweil.
The visit formed part of the routine engagements of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) High Command to interact with troops on missions. It also sought for the COAS to familiarize himself with the GHANCOY’s position, and ascertain the conditions under which the troops lived and operated in their new mission.
The COAS was accompanied by the Director General Joint Operations (DG JOPS) of GAF, Brig Gen Nick Kwami Kporku and Service representatives from the Army, Navy and Air Force namely Col Charles Budu-Kumi, Capt (GN) Paul Kudzo Yegbe and Gp Capt Bismark Niifio Okai respectively.
Maj Gen Ayamdo paid a courtesy call on the Head of Field Office (HoFO) of UNMISS Aweil, Mr Hailu Ataklti for a brief interaction after which he was ushered to the Company Operations Room for a thorough brief on the duties and responsibilities in the mission area.
The COAS later addressed the troops and clarified issues regarding GAF and its activities. Maj Gen Ayamdo and his entourage departed for Bentiu, where he is expected to witness the Medals Presentation Parade of the Sixth Ghanaian Battalion serving with UNMISS on Wednesday 6 February 2019.
UNMISS GHANCOY1 is the youngest Ghanaian peacekeeping mission deployed to Aweil in the Northern Bahr El Ghazal region of South Sudan in June 2018 to help the UN achieve its peacekeeping mandate. The Company comprises 149 All Ranks and is commanded by Lt Col Felix Kweku Mautsueni.