Do not intimidate civilians – President charges Military

Julius K. Satsi/William Fiabu, GNA

Accra, Oct.19, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged the military to maintain a healthy relationship
with the civilian population in line with national integration and cohesion.

He urged the military not to use their
uniforms to intimidate the civilian population, saying some few military were
destroying such cordial bond.

The President was speaking at the Ghana
Military Academy 2018 Graduation Parade Commission officers for the Regular
Career Course 58 and Short Service Commission/Special Duties Course 56 in

The President said: “I am reminding you today
that, your commissioning into the Ghana Armed Forces places great
responsibility on you to guard against the temptation of using the uniform to
intimidate your civilian counterparts.” 

He urged the newly commissioned Officers to
remember that the civilians were natural counterparts towards the development
of the nation and “whose tax provides the means for sustenance as members of
the armed forces”.

He urged the military to put into practice,
the qualities of good leadership they had been taught in the academy by living
an exemplary life and also ensure that the men under their command also did the

Nana Akufo-Addo said the drive to achieve
national growth could not be achieved without upholding the principles of peace
especially from the military.

The President assured the military of a number
of infrastructural development to improve the livelihood and the work of the
Ghana Armed Forces as government was aware of the infrastructure challenge of
the Forces and the Military Academy.

He said the government through the Minister
for Defence would take steps to wall off the remaining land of the Academy that
had been taken over by encroachers, adding that plans were far advanced towards
the building of a new state-of-the-art infrastructure to meet the standards of
21st century training institutions.

The occasion was used to commission 138 new
officers with 23 for the Air force, 16 for the Navy and the 99 for the Army,
which also included two allied cadets from the Republic of Guinea.

Senior Under Officer (SUO) Daniel Opoku Boadu
won the highest honour of the day, Sword of Honour, which is awarded to the
best all round Officer Cadet in the Regular Career Course 58.

Junior Under Officer (JUO) Appiah Akosua
Serwaa was commissioned with the Military Cane, which is awarded to the best in
Military Studies in the Regular Career Course 58.

She was also awarded with the Academic Cane,
which is awarded to the best in academic studies.


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