Cooperate with non-state actors – Veep urges security services as GAF enlist 114 medical practitioners

The complex dimension of global security, where non-state actors have become major players, calls for a comprehensive reappraisal of current strategies, as none can underestimate the participation of civil society, that is, the complimentary roles of individuals and organizations who aid government, to promote state security and national development, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has urged.

The Vice President has thus urged all state and non-state actors to work to promote the synergy needed when he spoke as the Reviewing Officer, at the graduation parade of the 2018 Ghana Military Academy (GMA) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Special Medical Intake 4, on Friday, 27th April, 2018, at Teshie, Accra.

The Veep’s advice comes on the heels of recent remarks in the media by certain security analysts who have complained of being rejected or ignored by certain state security operators, for their strong views expressed openly.

Alhaji Dr Bawumia also revealed that the military is making efforts to enroll all National Service personnel at the various military health facilities, to help improve health delivery at those facilities, as he also said that in 2018, government intends to employ 32,000 health professionals, across the nation.

On military infrastructural development, the Veep commended the Chief Executive Officer of Despite Group, Dr Osei Kwame Despite, for building an ultra modern Child Oncology and Physiotherapy unit at the 37 Military Hospital at a cost of USD 1 million, as well as many others who helped to construct the GMA Infirmary.

The Vice President also revealed that works on the Barracks Regeneration Program – intended to redevelop various barracks for personnel of the security services and the Judicial Service, had started in earnest.

GAF has two streams of enlistment into its fold – officers and recruits (also known as Other Ranks, Ratings or Airmen) – and under the officers enlistment, provision is made for special enlistment for already made professionals in critical areas, whose services are needed, thus the Special Medical Intake.

On January 19th, 2018, 115 medical professionals – 57 Army, 21 Navy and 36 Air Force cadets (including 53 females)  –  were admitted into the GMA to be trained to join the GAF Medical Corps, however one person was released on medical grounds.

The eventual 114 cadets were converted and equipped with military leadership skills and military decision making process amidst the regular drills and physical training at the Jungle Warfare School (JWS), Achiase and the Bundase Training Camp, Ningo-Prampram with a goal of complimenting their professionalism with military discipline and precision.

Overall, herein are the breakdown of the various medical professionals who have graduated into the GAF Medical Corps – 17 medical Doctors and specialists, 4 dentists, 2 veterinarians, Nurses – 23 general, 1 nursing tuitor, 1 Peri-Operative, 2 emergency, 2 critical care, 1 paediatrician – then 10 pharmacists and 10 physician assistants.

The rest are 8 medical laboratory officers, 7 midwifery officers, 4 biomedical engineers, 4 dieticians, 3 physiotherapists, 3 radiographers, 4 public health officers, 2 health planners, 1 ENT, 1 occupational therapist, administrators and 5 clergymen.

The Best Overall Cadet, also known as the Chief of the Defence Staff’s (CDS) award of the graduands went to Cadet Sergeant Essuman AS, Commandant’s Prize went to Cadet Corporal Quartey JK whiles the Best Female award went to JUO Lanteka L. There were also other prizes earlier presented to winners during their Graduation Dinner and Religious Parade.

The GMA was established on 1st April, 1960 after years of reliance on foreign Military Academies to commission potential officers for the GAF.

The Academy grew out of the Regular Officers Special Training Schools (ROSTS) which was established at MATS, Teshie, in 1953, providing 6 months preparatory training for selected cadets from the British West African colonies, prior to being sent to the UK for further officer training and commissioning.

The academy has also trained cadets from sister African states, notably Nigeria, Uganda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Benin, The Gambia, Togo and Guinea, with the first commissioning ceremony being held on 30th September, 1961, for 35 officer cadets.

Among the dignitaries present at the graduation parade were the Ministers of Defence and Greater Accra Region, Dominic Nitiwul and Ishmael Ashittey, respectively, the CDS, Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) OB Akwa, Chiefs of Army, Naval and Air Staffs, Major General (Maj Gen) WA Ayamdo, Rear Admiral (R/Amr) PK Faidoo and Air Vice Marshall (AVM) M Matsebi-Tei Nagai, respectively.

Also present were the Commandant of the Military Academy Training Schools (MATS) Maj Gen W Omane-Agyekum, Commandant of GMA – Brig-Gen SG Yakubu and Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), AVM Evans Griffith.

 

By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Kpeshie

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