Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, Sept. 18, GNA
– President John Dramani Mahama has assured Ghanaians, foreign partners and
well-wishers that the government would maintain the high credibility of Ghana’s
elections and would continue to do everything possible to safeguard the
He appealed to
Ghanaians to cooperate with the security services and the institutions charged
with ensuring the success of the elections.
Speaking at the 2016
graduation of the Ghana Military Academy at Teshie in Accra, President Mahama
said: “In all these areas of concern and indeed, in all our efforts
towards our national transformational and development agenda, we need the
presence of our gallant soldiers in strength across the country.
services will continue to be re-tooled to enable them provide efficient
security as part of our national effort for the creation of enabling
environment for economic growth, in which the creation of jobs for our teaming
youth is paramount,” he added.
who is also the Commander-in-Chief of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) said: “It
is our goal to create significant security presence in the country and this
would be among others through the creation of military garrisons in each region
“I believe that
this will widen the scope of our vigilance, reduce operational reaction time to
security situations, and lessen administrative costs of military
He said over the
past four years, the government had established some elements of a Forward
Operating Base at Ezilimbu in the Western Region, constructed new hangers for
the Air Force Base, established the West African Maritime Zone ‘F’ and provided
additional housing units for the GAF.
He announced that
the government would within the next four years assist the GAF to establish a
Flight Training School, which would be a Centre of Excellence in West Africa.
“We will also
increase the numerical strength of the Ghana Armed Forces and continue to
provide the needed up-to-date logistics to facilitate and enhance your
He urged the
graduating officers to live up to expectations and work together for the good
of the country.
The graduation was
held for cadres of the Regular Career Course (RCC) 56 and Short Service
Commission/Special Duties Course 54 graduated into fully fledged officers.
officers for the RCC were 62; which consist of 29 officers from the Ghana Army,
three from Benin and two from Guinea.
The rest are 17 Navy
and 11 Air Force Officers from the Ghana Armed Forces.
The officers for the
Short Service Commission/Special Duties Course 54 were 38, who were all from
Ghana Armed Forces.
were Army 21, Navy eight and Air force nine.
Special Senior under
Officer Addo Larbi won the Sword of Honour Award.
The GMA was
established on April 1, 1960 after years of reliance on foreign Military
Academies to commission potential Ghanaian Officers for the Ghana Armed Forces.
The mission of GMA
is to produce leaders of character for the defence of Ghana.