The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has charged members of the Course 43 graduating class of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) to ensure that they use all the requisite knowledge and skills acquired during their study effectively for the benefit of their respective countries.

He made the call at the College’s joint graduation ceremony of Senior Division Course 43 and Master of Science Degree in Defence and International Politics (MDIP) held at Burma Hall on Friday 19 August 2022.

The Vice President beseeched officers and civilians drawn from eleven countries across Africa to coordinate effectively and stay connected, share ideas in fighting the emerging trend of terrorism and other activities that threatened peace in the sub region. “Let the knowledge you have gained here be noticeable in your workplaces and in your endeavours. Be very diligent, and let the tenets of loyalty, leadership and the sense of responsibility instilled in you be evident in whatever you do,” he added.

In his address, Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour, entreated members of Course 43 and the graduating MDIP students to be exemplary standard-bearers of the institution in all their endeavours and wherever they may find themselves in the professional space. He outlined the course package which was designed to equip graduands with the necessary skills and administrative capabilities, especially in areas of security following the surge in terrorism and extremism within the sub-region. He advised them to leverage on the networks they have built among themselves within the period of study and continue to interact and share ideas for the betterment of Africa.

Out of the total number of 85 officers, 59  are Ghanaian officers and 26 officers drawn from allied sister countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. The remaining thirty-five who are civilians constituted the list of the fifth batch of students who graduated with a Master of Science in Defence and International Politics.

Nine officers received awards in various categories of study with the overall best award, Honour Graduate, going to Major Raymond Owusu-Ababio of the Ghana Army. Maj P Sasu-Antwi was awarded Commandant’s Best Research Paper. The Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of Air Staff awards went to Maj R Owusu-Ababio, Lt Cdr EK Akati and Sqn Ldr OA Ajayi of the Nigerian Air Force.

The overall best award in the Master of Science in Defence and International Politics programme, as well as the best dissertation award, went to Madam Rebecca Osei-Fordjour.