A four member delegation from the United Kingdom has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa, on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at Burma Camp.
The aim of the visit was for the delegation to familiarize themselves with the CDS and deliberate on issues relating to security which is continually becoming a threat to the country and the Ecowas sub-region.
The leader of the delegation, Minister of state for the British Armed Forces, Rt Hon John Mark Lancaster TD MP, expressed satisfaction with the contribution of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in various Peace Keeping Missions. He mentioned the United Kingdom’s contribution to the African Union in respect to work and training with troops as well as the UK having engineers in South Sudan.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Ayamdo on behalf of the CDS welcomed the delegates and briefed them on the structure and role of GAF and the current security issues in the country.
In a subsequent development, Rt Hon Mark Lancaster paid a visit to the ECOWAS Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC) Zone F at the Christianborg Castle, Osu Accra, where he was welcomed by the Chief of The Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Seth Amoama.
He was briefed on the role the centre plays in maintaining maritime security in the ECOWAS sub-region and similarly the success of the operational activities of the Centre.
Rt Hon Mark Lancaster stated that he was proud of the achievements the Centre had achieved within a short time. He hoped that more would be achieved in respect to information sharing among member states within the zone.
He pledges UK government support to the Centre in technology and other areas for the success of the Centre’s operational activities.
He was presented with a coin and a plaque by the CNS and he likewise presented a coin to the CNS.
According to the Acting Director of the Centre, Commander (GN) Yussif Benning, the operation of the Centre is to enable Maritime safety and security activities between member states in Zone F.
He added that the United Kingdom had helped the Maritime Zone F with capacity building which had improved the zone’s professional competence and skills.
He stated that the challenge facing the centre was inadequate equipment to tackle the increasing pirate threats facing the zone.