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12.01.2010 General News

B/A minister commends 3 Garrison soldiers

By Daily Graphic
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The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo, has commended officers and men of the 3 Garrison in Sunyani for their role in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

He said their role had enabled the people of the region to go about their activities peacefully.

The regional minister said personnel of the 3 Garrison, apart from helping to maintain peace in the region, had continued to play a critical role in restoring peace in conflict areas in the country, especially Yendi and Bawku, in addition to serving in international peacekeeping operations.

"You have participated in several operations such as 'Calm life' and 'Halt Illegal Chainsaw' to help reduce the crime wave in the region and also protect the environment and you have never hesitated, any time you are called upon, to perform any task. More kudos to you," he added.

Mr Nyamekye-Marfo made the commendation at the 2 Independent RECCE Squadron end-of-year party dubbed "WASSA" (West African Soldiers Social Activities) at the Sabre Mess of the squadron at the Liberation Barracks in Sunyani.

The 2 Independent RECCE Squadron, under the Armoured RECCE Regiment in Accra, is a unit tasked to support the Northern Sector Command of the Army and is based at the Liberation Barracks inSunyani.

The end-of-year party was organised for troops and their families to show appreciation for their dedication and work done the previous year and also bring together all families under one roof to enhance esprit de corps and inter-family unity.

Mr Nyamekye-Marfo, in his brief remarks as the guest of honour, noted that despite the logistical constraints, the military continued to perform its traditional role as mandated by the Constitution and gave the assurance that the government was also committed to meeting those challenges for the military to discharge its duties efficiently.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister further pledged the government's commitment to solve the perennial water problem faced by personnel at the Liberation Barracks and also rehabilitate all the roads in the barracks to make life there comfortable for them and their families.

Lieutenant Colonel J.K. Akou-Adjei, the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Armoured RECCE Regiment, for his part, urged the wives of personnel and their families to stay committed and eschew infighting to achieve harmony and peaceful co-existence at the barracks. The wives should also support their husbands to discharge their duties efficiently.

He called on personnel to continue to play their traditional roles of supporting the northern command in whatever mission it had to undertake.

The Officer Commanding (OC) 2 Independent RECCE Squadron at the Liberation Barracks in Sunyani, Captain Abdul Bashiru Issah, in his welcoming address, lauded personnel of the unit for their contribution towards internal and external peacekeeping and peace support operations.

He thanked his superiors, especially Lt Col Akou-Adjei, the CO of the 3 Infantry Battalion, Lt Col Lithur, and the regional minister, for their support to the squadron and expressed the hope that it would enjoy the same co-operation and support from them and the public this year.

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