The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah has advised personnel to live in unity and avoid unnecessary divisions among the rank and file of the military.
He noted the Army could go forward if they remained united and avoided being distracted by politics, tribalism among others.
He made these assertions when he paid a one-day working visit to the Jungle Warfare School, Achiase in the Eastern Region on Tuesday, 8 September 2020. COAS was received by the Commanding Officer (CO) of JWS, Lt Col Peter Amoah and after inspecting a quarter guard mounted in his honour, he was given an operational brief and toured the school after which he addressed a durbar of Troops and Civilian Employees.
Major Gen Oppong-Peprah reminded personnel that they were the future of the Ghana Army so, they should put their shoulders to the wheel to support their commanders by being professional and dedicated to their mandate of protecting the country and its citizens at all times. He, however, cautioned soldiers against unprofessional conducts and act of indiscipline that could bring the positive image of the Army into disrepute.
He assured Officers and Soldiers of the Jungle Warfare School of the Army’s protection against attacks by individuals or group of persons in the course of their duty. He, therefore, cautioned the civilian populace to desist from the dastardly acts of visiting violence or brutality on soldiers on their line of duty, but follow the due process of law.
The COAS further highlighted his vision to transform the Army and called on the Officers and Soldiers to contribute their quota to make the vision achievable. “I have an excellent team at the Army Headquarters and we will change the Army; and we will need your help,” he disclosed.
Major General Oppong-Peprah revealed his aim to develop courses at the training schools as well as develop new doctrines for the Army. He added that in order to build and sustain the capacity of instructors at the training schools, he was working tirelessly in order for the infantry units to take over the internal security operations, whiles the schools focused on training. To this end, the COAS said that he was collaborating with other countries on training both Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers for the training schools.
In his resolve, the COAS addressed some pressing challenges that the school was faced with such as constructing new squad sheds for weapon training, providing tent housing for training, repair of Troop Career Vehicle (TCV) and providing one water tanker and four water storage tanks. He further assured the Commander of the JWS and his troops of his willingness to address the logistical and administrative requirements and concerns of the School.
The Army Commander touched on the numerous construction works he had commenced since he assumed office including the construction of troops accommodation at the Bundase Training Camp in Prampram, Ultramodern troops peacekeeping village at the Arakan Barracks, massive renovation and construction of recruits accommodations at the Army Recruits Training School (ARTS) among other projects.
The Commanding Officer of JWS, Lt Col Amoah expressed his immense appreciation to the COAS for his visit and the commitment to address the challenges of the school. He gave the assurance that his team was bent on making the school effective and efficient by producing high quality and professional soldiers for the Army, especially to combat insurgencies.
The Jungle Warfare School trains Officers and Soldiers of the Ghana Armed Forces in jungle tactics and Internal Security (IS) and Counter Insurgency (COIN) Operations in order to equip all ranks to fight during jungle operations.
Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah was accompanied by the Commander, Army Training Command (CATRAC), Brigadier General Winfred Dzandu-Hedidor and some Directors from the Army Headquarters.