By Bernice Bessey
The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) has held a graduation ceremony for Junior Staff Course 71 that saw the passing out of 52 students from three African countries.
The graduands were made up of two officers from the Republic of Botswana and four from Nigeria, while the remaining 46 are Ghanaians. 40 of this number were drawn from the Ghana Army, Navy, and Airforce, with the other six coming from the National Security Secretariat, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, and Ghana Immigration Service.
To enhance the students’ knowledge of the changing demands of this contemporary world, they toured the Central Region to enhance their ability to research into existing challenges to the development of the region.
The study covered four thematic areas – curbing road traffic accidents in the region, how to institute measures to boost tourists receipts in the region, how to address poor sanitation management, and ways of curbing teenage pregnancy.
Brig General Ajetey Annan, Guest Speaker, addressing the graduands last Friday at Teshie in Accra, indicated that defence and security matters are assessed and managed in multi-dimensional terms.
According to him: “The successful management of emerging security threats, including terrorism and lately kidnapping for ransom, and misguided notions of instant wealth through human sacrifices, requires the combined efforts of the traditional security and law enforcement agencies in the at regional and international levels.”
He said there was a need for collaborative efforts by the security agencies, the judiciary, environmental potential protection agencies, traditional authorities, as well as civil society groups, and members of the public to be able to stem the tide of the emerging threats.
“It is, therefore, gratifying to know that our security services continue to collaborate with GAFCSC in some of the programmes run here,” he stressed.
Brig Gen Annan added that he was happy that six of the students were from other sister security agencies, with others from Ghana Police Service, Prisons Service, Ghana National Fire Service and Narcotics Control Board, taking part in two weeks a Internal Security and Counter-Insurgency course.
He charged the officers to put the knowledge they had acquired to the benefit of their respective countries, saying: “This ceremony marks the end of 18 weeks of hard work and sleepless nights, as you, the graduation students, went through one of the most significant career progression course designed to make you better and efficient officers.”
The course for the junior division was designed to train the selected officers to perform staff functions, by developing their leadership, analytical and communication skills, while providing the functions of their subsequent career development.
Awards and prizes were presented to deserving officers as overall best students, namely Major E.A. Donkoh, Lt (GN) E Anyimadu, Major G. Sedor, Capt O.A. Ochaba and several others.