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GAF to organise pre-deployment training for anti-galamsey operations

By Kwamina Tandoh, GNA

Accra
July 16, GNA – Lieutenant General Obed Akwa, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS)
has said the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) would soon conduct a pre-deployment
training for anti-galamsey operations, to reverse the unbridled exploitation of
the natural resources.

The
deployment of the military personnel would help salvage the polluted water
sources, farmlands and forests caused by the activities of the illegal
miners. 

The
CDS on Sunday this in the GAF Mid-Year Non-Denominational Religious Parade held
at the Burma Hall in Accra on the theme: “God is Our Fortress: In Him We
Trust”.

The
mid-year parade is held every quarter for members of the GAF to re-affirm their
faith in God, re-assess the state of the profession and engage in
soul-searching and chart the way forward.

It
brought together officers from the Army, Navy and the Air Force to give thanks
to God for His protection and guidance.

The
CDS tasked the military personnel to be committed to God and government and the
people of Ghana by exhibiting the highest professional ethics and expertise and
eschewing tendencies of unprofessional attitude and complacency in the
discharge of their duties.

He
said: “We trust those to be deployed will do a good job”.

Lieutenant
General Akwa entreated the personnel to apply trust in their daily activities
as much would be achieved if they worked in an atmosphere of trust rather than
bickering and in-fighting that would destroy them.

He
also implored the leadership at all levels to ensure the enforcement of
discipline and avoid meddling in civilian affairs and develop mutual respect
and spirit of cooperation.

Pastor
Dr Samuel Adama Larmie, the Church Pastor of the Legon Branch of the Seventh
Day Adventist Church in a sermon urged Christians to have faith and trust in
the Lord, irrespective of trials and urged them to have hope in God.

Lieutenant
Colonel Umar Sanda Ahmed (Rtd), the Former Chief Imam of the GAF in an
exhortation also admonished Muslims and Christians to seek fortune through the
Almighty God/Allah and not any other means.

The
ceremony was characterised by the delivery hymns and a medley of songs by the
mass band of the Armed Forces and the Security Services Choir.

As
part of the service, prayers were offered for the nation’s peace and stability,
higher authorities, security services, peacekeepers, the sick, job creation in
the country and for good environmental care.

GNA

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