Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, Aug. 20, GNA – The Ghana Armed Forces
Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) will soon begin a PhD programme in Defence
and International Politics with the caveat that “when preparations are
completed and at the time opportune”.
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, GAFCSC Commandant,
said given the progress of work done in the Masters programme and the
infrastructural expansion that was ongoing, the College was confident that
introducing the PhD programme in Defence and International Politics would be
another success story.
With regards to facility development the
Commandant said the College had initiated a programme to enable potential
Defence Staff (DS) to acquire PhD to facilitate the future expansion of the
Rear Admiral Amoama said this over the
weekend during the College’s Joint Graduation ceremony of Course 37 and Master
of Science in Defence and International Politics (MDIP) programme.
The event was attended by Vice President Paa
Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, Mr Benjamin Bewa-Nyog Kombour, Defence Minister;
Major General Obed Boamah Akwa, Chief of the Army Staff; and Professor Franklyn
A. Manu, Reactor of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public
Course 37 was privileged to be the second in
the history of GAFCSC to do an integrated course study, comprising the Passed
Staff Course (‘psc’) and the MDIP.
In all 64 ‘psc’ students from 12 African
countries; namely Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone,
Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and Bostwana graduated; of
which 37 were from Ghana.
On the hand, 49 students in the regular MDIP
and 30 students weekend MDIP graduated at the ceremony.
The MDIP graduands were mainly from
ministries, departments and agencies, diplomats, security services and privates
The College was established with the mandate
to train officers of the Ghana Armed Forces and allied officers of Africa in
command and staff responsibility.
Rear Admiral Amoama said as a centre of
excellence for professional military training and inter-agency and department
training, the College nurtures and encourages all its students to be
responsible, effective and efficient in their respective roles in their chosen
careers, with teamwork as a cardinal principle.
He said as expected, demand for allocation
of vacancies from sister African countries was on the increase due to the
quality and impact of their products at both national and international levels.
He said with the successful graduation of
the first cohort of civilians in the MDIP programe, GAFCSC had positioned
itself to fill the critical gap in national policy space by providing civilians
a blend of academic excellence, sound leadership and military discipline to
drive the nation’s socio-economic development.
The Commandant said the College had also put
together a five-year strategic plan from 2016 that provides a road map for the
implementation of its future programmes.
Major P. A. Hoffma, an MDIP graduate
received the overall best student award.
At the function, the GAFCSC also honoured
General Joshua Hamidu (rtd), the first Commandant of the College by naming an
auditorium after him.