Ghanaian Peacekeepers serving with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have held their end of tour Religious Parade in Bentiu, South Sudan on Sunday 11July 2021.
The Ghanbatt Chaplain, Rev Fg Offr L Fynn who officiated the ceremony preached under the theme “Ebenezer: Here we raise our Ebenezer” and said it was time for troops to praise and adore God for how far He has brought the Battalion, and for a successful tour of duty. The Ghanbatt Imam, Sheik Sub Lt MM Saeed also urged troops to be truthful as part of principles of daily living.
The Guest of Honour for the occasion, Head of Field Office (HoFO), UNMISS Bentiu, Madam Hiroko Hirahara expressed her heartfelt gratitude in being part of the occasion acknowledging the immeasurable commitment and contribution of the Commanding Officer (CO), Lt Col Rk Sagoe in his professional leadership in ensuring that humanity is served in South Sudan. She lauded troops for the rapport they have maintained throughout the period in protecting civilians in South Sudan and advised troops to continue to be supportive to one another since they were serving in an unpredictable environment.
The CO in his remarks, thanked the Almighty God for his guidance and protection throughout the period of discharge of the battalion’s mandate. He added that it was such a great privilege and honour to serve officers and soldiers of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) assembled under the auspices of Ghanbatt 8 as CO. He commended troops for their dedication, commitment and hard work in the service to mankind as part of fulfilling its mandate in South Sudan. “After a year of selfless and dedicated service to UNMISS and the people of South Sudan, we are glad to go home to continue our job as professional soldiers of GAF”, he stressed.
The Head of Field Office, UNMISS Bentiu, Madam Hiroko Hirahara, Head of WFP, Mr Edward Moyo, Head of UNICEF, Madam Darweh Said, Head of OCHA, Mr Ruger Kahwa, Senior Military Officer, Col Ernest Christopher Inema, CO Ghana FPU, Chief Superintendent of Police Ben Aniah (ESQ) and Staff Officers serving under Sector Unity were present at the Religious Parade.
An All Ranks dance was also organised to strengthen the bond and esprit de corps amongst troops as they embarked on their journey back home. To climax the battalion’s activities, an Octagon Awards Night was organized to award hardworking and deserving officers, soldiers, cells and detachments that distinguished themselves in their line of duty.