Defence Minister Visits Military Facilities

By ISD (Nii Kwaku Otabil)
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By ISD (Nii Kwaku Otabil)

3/31/2009 8:50:54 PM -

The Minister for Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith, has asked Personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces to desist from politics in order to help them improve upon their professional competence.

They should also work hard at improving their relations with civilians to enhance the image of the service and protect the constitution of the country.

The Minister stated this during a working visit to some units and military establishments within the 5 Garrison of the Teshie and Burma Camps in Accra last Friday.

The visit is to afford the Hon. Minister the opportunity to acquaint himself with the operational, administrative and logistics issues of the Armed Forces.

Lt Gen Smith noted that, he recognises the accommodation and water challenges facing personnel of the forces and pledged his outfit's support to salvage the situation.

The Defence Minister recommended that another Garrison should be established to help improve on the developments in the Garrisons and also emphasised the need to modernise the Military to meet changing demands.

He was accompanied on the tour by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Samuel Odotei, General Officer Commanding the Southern Command, Brigadier General Emmanuel Okyere and some senior military officers from the Army Headquarters.

On his part, the Commanding Officer of the 48 Engineer Regiment, Lt Col Mohammed Mustapha, said, currently the regiment is collaborating with the National Disaster Management organisation (NADMO) to tackle the flood situation during the raining season and called for more support in that direction.

He said leadership training has become significant particularly with project management hence, the need for senior army officers to take advantage of it.

Do not let the future catch up with you there. Go forth and shine.
By: DR AGYEI TAKYI