The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has successfully conferred Civil Junior Staff Course (JSC) on fifty-two (52) security officers, at her Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) Junior Division, Teshie, Accra, after training them to develop analytical and communication skills, while providing foundation for their subsequent career development.
The students who were enrolled on the 2nd of February, 2018 and graduated on June 14, 2018 were also known as Course 69 and were comprised as follows: GAF – 37, Nigeria Armed Forces – 7, Botswana Armed Forces – 2 and other allied Ghanaian security services (Ghana Revenue Authority, National Security and Bureau on National Investigations) – 6.
Students of Course 69, as part of the course structure, toured the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana and researched into the existing challenges of the region, categorizing them into 4 thematic areas; 1- assessment of measures by the government to implement United Nations (UN) set targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
Other areas were 2 – steps being taken by the region’s metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in curbing unprofessionalism in the civil service, 3 – viability of the government’s “planting for food and jobs” and the “one district one factory” initiatives and 4 – the role of MMDAs in curbing illegal mining and trading..
Presenting a report on the performance of Course 69, the Assistant Commandant of GAFCSC, Brigadier General (Brig-Gen) Mike Akpatsu Jnr, said that the students subsequently produced a comprehensive report which has been forwarded to the appropriate quarters for the necessary action to be taken.
He also revealed that most of the nonmilitary lectures were handled by lecturers from the University of Ghana (UG), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and other state agencies.
The Ghana Police Service attached 5 senior officers for a period of two weeks to the course as they studied Internal Security and Counter Insurgency and also participated in the final exercise codenamed “Ex Ombudsman”.
“We have a mission to upgrade this program to a national internal security training program to the practical level, which we must allow our officers to participate fully” he concluded.
Brig-Gen Walter Kwaku Amanie (rtd), former commandant of GAFCSC, who was the guest of honour for the occasion, repeated calls for the entrenchment of the peaceful coexistence and interoperability between GAF and the Ghana Police Service.
Five category of prizes were awarded as follows: 1) Evra Prize – Major Emmanuel Bayien, 2) Assistant Commandant Essay Prize – Major Noah Boahen, 2nd Best Flt Lt Samuel Apau Josephson, 3rd Best Naval Lt Samuel Oluwookere of Nigeria Army, and the Ultimate and Overall Best in all aspects – Flt Lt Samuel Apau Josephson (certified flight instructor aka Serial Award Winner).
A side attraction and a spectacular moment of the occasion was when Captain Wakano Kotozo of the Botswana Army, was announced by his superiors as promoted to Major and was thus decorated by the Commandant of GAFCSC, Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Seth Amoama, who also officially pronounced the Civil JSC on Course 69 graduands.
By Kofi Ampeah-Woode