The Fifth Battalion of Infantry (5BN) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has introduced modernised agricultural practices to fit its piggery and fodder projects such as could be used to feed horses, cattle and other domesticated animals.
The urbane unit has also had some of its soldiers trained by the University Farms of the University of Ghana, Legon, to bring its agricultural practices to contemporary and increased productivity levels.
This and many other new developments that have taken place in the battalion were brought to the fore at a Handing/Taking Over Parade held at the unit’s parade square, at Burma Camp, Accra, on Friday, 23rd February, 2018.
The parade saw Colonel Timothy Ba-Taa-Banah, the Commanding Officer (CO) of the unit hand over leadership to Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Seth Odei, as the former takes a higher appointment as the Command Logistics Officer of the Northern Command (another brigade of the Army).
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), Southern Command (the brigade under which 5BN functions), Brigadier-General (Brig-Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah, who was also the Guest-of-Honour at the parade cited some other initiatives of the out gone CO, in his address to the parade.
The General mentioned the instituting of the All Lions Day – which seeks to bond both serving and retired Lions (soldiers of the unit are referred to as LIONS) and the refurbishment of the Pink Five Band, to help maintain its competitiveness and relevance in the music industry, all under the one-and-half years of the Col’s leadership.
Additionally, Col Ba-Taa-Banah pioneered the construction of a historic intriguing complex underground Command Post, when S/Comd hosted students from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), at the Land Combat and Firepower Demonstration, in October 2017, at Bundase Training Camp.
The GOC finally urged the entire unit to avail same cooperation extended to the out gone CO, to the new CO – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Seth Odei, whom the General spoke highly of his professionalism.
Col Ba-Taa-Banah, who was also the Reviewing Officer at the parade, was full of gratitude to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), his GOC, the Brigade HQ staff, officers, men and civilian employees of the battalion, for their unflinching support during his time as CO of the Lions.
The parade, which was made up of parade commander Captain Adam Mantle and 60 soldiers who formed two contingents, were backed by the Pink Five Band as the contingents exhibited exciting drills to the admiration and returned applause of the gathering.
Dignitaries present at the auspicious occasion, amongst many were; Generals F. Y. Mahama and Guyiri (all retired), Cols Oteng, Ampadu, Gbitani and Okai (all retired) and many other friends and family members of the out gone CO.
By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Arakan Barracks, Burma Camp