A delegation from the Nasarawa State University in Nigeria has visited the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) General Headquarters at Burma Camp during a study tour in Ghana on Thursday, 23 June, 2022.

The Director, Institute of Governance and Development Studies Nasarawa State University, Professor Andrews Zamani led the delegation and upon arrival, paid a courtesy call on the Chief Of Staff (COS) at the General Headquarters, Maj Gen Peter Andoh where they exchanged pleasantries.

The visit was aimed at exposing the students to the relics of the slave trade and issues of governance and national development within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub region. The visit was based on the theme “Sustainable development, internal security and economic development in West Africa: with emphasis on the Ghanaian perspective,’’

Professor Zamani in a brief discussion with the COS noted that students on the tour were PhD students on a course in Security and Strategic Studies, Peace and Development Studies and as such the study tour fell within the model which comprises national security challenges in the sub-region. According to him, they chose Ghana with the aim to widen their knowledge on its rich experience in maintaining peace and security.

On his part, Maj Gen Peter-Andoh remarked that Ghana and Nigeria share many historical, economic and social similarities and for that matter, the visit was another prospect to strengthen the already existing ties between both countries to tackle the insecurity that had bedevilled the sub-region.

He also acknowledged some of the pivotal roles Nigeria has played in stabilizing the security situation in the sub-region. He further said sustainable development cannot take place in an atmosphere where there is insecurity hence; it was time for both countries to collaborate effectively to improve the overall security situation and development of the sub-region.

He was optimistic that participants would put the knowledge acquired to good use and effectively interpret it into policies and initiatives that would strengthen the collaboration of countries within the West African sub-region to curb the canker of insecurity.

The COS on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama presented a plaque to Professor Zamani to commemorate the visit.

The Deputy Director Counter Intelligence, Lt Col Andrews Essuman also briefed the team on Ghana’s security architecture and highlighted some security threats negatively affecting governance in West Africa at the Owusu Ansah Conference Hall of the Naval Headquarters.