The Commander Support Services Brigade, Brigadier General Matthew Essien has on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 visited the Headquarters of Ghana Military Police (GMP), Ghana Armed Forces Institute (GAFI) and the 5 Garrison Education Unit as part of his familiarization tour of units under his command.

Brigadier General Essien first visited GAFI where he was briefed on operations and challenges of the Institute by the Auditor, Mr Bismark Nkansah on behalf of the General Manager Capt Kofi Appiah Nuamah. According to the Auditor, the institute consists of three main departments namely; Supply, Information Technology (IT) and Finance department.

He indicated that GAFI had a total staff of 67 personnel with a Board of Directors headed by the Director General Logistics. He further enumerated some challenges that were adversely affecting their operations which included irregular power and water supply, lack of vehicle for transportation of goods and leakages in the main warehouse.

Brigadier General Essien in his response assured them of the support from High Command to mitigate the challenges.

The Commander’s next stop was at the Ghana Military Police Headquarters, where He inspected a Guard of Honour mounted on his behalf. The Commanding Officer (CO) of GMP, Lt Col David Mensah Addi briefed the Commander on operational matters, challenges and incidences at the headquarters. On operational matters, the CO said the GMP conducted routine operations within the camp and provide force protection at key state installations. He added that Dog Squadron also provided canine support at the Kotoka International Airport and other high profile state institutions.

The CO lamented the dangers posed by unauthorized access routes to the camp and urged High Command to support them financially to seal them off. He also touched on broken down vehicles that were left unattended to in the camp and the dangers they posed to soldiers and their families. On operational challenges, the CO bemoaned the lack of specialist training and equipment, inadequate vehicles and motorcycles and lack of modern police equipment as some of the challenges hampering their operations. Brig Gen Essien later met personnel of the unit at the Log Base and advised them to be security conscious since they were the eyes of the camp.

The Commander Support Services Brigade ended his tour at the 5 Garrison Education Unit, where he was welcomed and briefed by the Chief Garrison Education Officer (CGEO), Lt Col Yaw M Borbi on the operations and some challenges of the Unit. Lt Col Borbi said the unit was responsible for providing professional advice to High Command on education related matters and also the evaluation of teaching and learning within Garrison schools. He added that the unit also disseminated and enforced directives from the Ghana Education Service (GES) and conducted in-service training for teachers.

The CGEO however indicated that, admissions would be reduced this time round in order to observe the COVID-19 protocols, especially, social distancing. He said the unit had adopted Causes of Action (COAs) for consideration on the re-opening of schools.

He appealed to High Command to assist them in dealing with challenges at the various schools such as delayed projects and lack of computer laboratories.

The Commander was accompanied by the General Staff Officer (GSO) Grade 1 at the Support Services Brigade, Lt Col Francis Bannerman and the DeputyAdjutant Anyimiah Miezah Blay.