Rear Admiral Issah Yakubu has taken over command as the 18th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) after a short handing/taking over ceremony on Friday 12 February 2021 at the forecourt of the Naval Headquarters in Burma Camp, Accra.
He takes over from Rear Admiral Seth Amoama who is now the Acting Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
In his address, the Out-going CNS, Rear Admiral Amoama, expressed appreciation to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces for appointing him into the highest office of GAF and assured him of working diligently while in office.
He recounted the achievements of the Navy within the last 2 years while he was the CNS which included; the commissioning of the Naval Training Command in Nutekpor, commissioning of Officers accommodation block and Ratings transit quarters in Accra and Sekondi respectively with a 20 unit block still under construction in Sekondi. The high maintenance of the Ghana Navy fleet by the Naval DOCKYARD Complex which gave the momentum for four Naval ships to sail to the equator (Exercise SEA LION). He added that the latest infrastructure undertaken was a swimming pool which has been completed at the Eastern Naval Command in Tema.
Rear Admiral Amoama expressed profound gratitude to his operational and administrative Officers who worked tirelessly with him during his tenure of office in transforming the vision of the Navy into reality. He urged them to render the same support to the in-coming CNS.
The Acting Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Issah Yakubu, in his remarks acknowledged the support of all stakeholders who helped him in diverse ways in his former appointment as the Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters and commended his predecessor, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama for the good work he did for the Navy.
Rear Admiral Yakubu disclosed that, European Union was expressing frustration with Sovereign Coastal States in the Gulf of Guinea for not doing enough to secure the International Sea Lanes and has resolved to take over the security of the Gulf of Guinea with the launch of a Coordinated Maritime Presence in the Region. He therefore, assured maritime stakeholders of the Navy’s commitment to keep the waters safe for all.
He re-echoed government’s decision to resource the Ghana Navy adequately to confront the challenges in the Gulf of Guinea and hoped that the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) project and the Offshore Security Vessels (OSVs) for the protection of oil and gas infrastructure at sea would come to fruition.
The Acting CNS sounded a note of caution to illegal persons operating at sea to stay away from Ghana’s waters else risk being arrested and prosecuted. He added that, he would ensure Ghanaian waters will be free of all criminal activities and seafarers will be safe enough to conduct their businesses without fear.
Rear Admiral Amoama, handed over a symbolic Wheel to Rear Admiral Issah Yakubu. This signifies the handing over of the helm of authority, thus, the ultimate command and responsibility of the Ghana Navy, to Admiral Yakubu who will now steer affairs.
Witnessing the occasion were the Out-going Deputy Defence Minister, Maj Derek Oduro (Rtd), the Chief Director at MOD, Dr Evans Dzikum, Service Chiefs, Directors General at the General Headquarters, Senior Officers, Retired Admirals and Commodores, Officers, Ratings, Civilian Employees, some maritime stakeholders, family and friends of the Admirals.