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The Kumasi Central Command of the Ghana Armed Forces has emerged winners of the 2018 Headquarters Central Command Inter-Unit Drill competition.
Four contingents were drawn from Kumasi and Sunyani, comprising the Central Command, 4th Battalion (4BN), Third Battalion (3BN), and RECCE units from Kumasi and Sunyani respectively.
While the Central Command Kumasi won the ultimate trophy with a certificate, and cash prize of GH¢3,000, 3 BN from Sunyani placed second and received a certificate and cash prize of GH¢2,000, with RECCE from Sunyani placing third, receiving a certificate with a cash prize of GH¢1,000, while 4BN Infantry Battalion, also from Sunyani, came fourth with a certificate and cash prize of GH¢500.
Colonel Yahuza Salifu, Command Operations Officer, explained that the competition, which had been suspended since 2014, used to be a usual activity of the Armed Forces which was aimed at promoting physical strength and experience with the objective to enhancing teamwork and also improve leadership skills by doing activities in systematic and informed manners.
According to him, the active drilling of soldiers would enhance discipline during military training, and promote professionalism, skills confidence, and morals of the command.
Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, who was the Guest of Honour, commended the contingents for the wonderful display and urged the personnel to always make it a habit to obey instructions in order not to bring the military fraternity and reputation into disrepute, for the only way to succeed is to follow instructions from their superiors.
He also reminded the commanders to give appropriate instructions to their subordinates, as they expected them to obey, and must also embrace teamwork under their instructions.
The Minister also expressed his profound gratitude to the military and other security agencies for the recent understanding and cooperation with each other, and entreated commanders to use the appropriate measures to resolve their differences and inter service relations to maintain their good image.
Mr. Osei Mensah assured them of the support of the Regional Coordinating Council to address their pressing challenges, including accommodation problems facing the personnel, in order that the region would continue to enjoy peace through the efforts of the Regional Security Council