By Agnes Ansah .
Some District Chief Executives (DCEs) in the Eastern Region, last Friday, donated 100 bags of cement to the Achiase Jungle Warfare School in the Eastern Region.
This was to aid the school complete its project on time and give access to many people to undertake training programmes there.
Mr Richmond Amponsah Agyabeng, DCE for Akyem Swedru Birim South District, disclosed this to The Chronicle in an interview.
Explaining how they got to donate the building materials to the school, Mr Agyabeng narrated that the group, numbering 28 and led by himself, decided to embark on a training exercise at the school upon recommendations made by the Regional Minister.
He said the group, including DCEs from the Suhum Municipality, Juaben North and South, Akyeamansa and Abuakwa North and South, was taken through a series of topics such as self-discipline, time management, team work and bonding, stress management, and effective relationship between management and staff.
“We were also taken through some physical exercises, spanning from jumping of walls to so many other things”, he said.
The man, who doubles as the Dean for DCEs in the Eastern Region, observed that the purpose of the exercise was to “equip us to effectively to manage our respective jurisdictions as DCEs.”
Mr Agyabeng stated that he and his colleagues during the exercise were made to dress in military uniforms.
“The practice is to enable the training instructors give commands to the trainees, irrespective of their social status,” he opined.
He was, however, worried about the interpretations some Ghanaians gave to their harmless training, after pictures of it popped up on the internet.
He said there had been a rumour that he and his colleagues were being trained by the government to fight the biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), as a response to ex-president Mahama’s “boot-for-boot” comment after the Ayawaso by-election incidents.
It would be recalled that the NDC flagbearer hopeful, who was speaking in the Adaklu Constituency of the Volta Region on Thursday, January 31 2019, said the NDC will match the NPP boot-for-boot in the 2020 elections if the government attempts to intimidate and harass NDC supporters with violence.
According to Mr Mahama: “NDC is not going to joke in 2020,” and sounded a warning to the NPP that he and his party will match them boot-for-boot.
“I want to sound a caution that NDC has a revolutionary root, and when it comes to unleashing violence, no one can beat us to that. It is just that we are mindful of this country’s democracy, and that is why we must be the first to respect it. That is why we are acting as a party that is docile and respecting the rule of law. But, if we believe that the government cannot protect our people, and we believe that the government is using its vigilante groups and illegal forces to intimidate and harass and injure our people, then we may have to advise ourselves,” he warned.
However, Mr Agyabeng said people should disregard those rumours, because they were not there for that purpose.
He testified about the good training experience at the Jungle Warfare School, and called on every Ghanaian who needs some form of training for their employees, colleagues or themselves to visit the school.