The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has on Wednesday 16 September, 2020, organised a four-day Commanders and Staff Conference at Jirapa, Wa, to review its role in the recently ended voters registration exercise and plan towards a peaceful 2020 general elections.
The review conference which was under the theme; ‘Towards a Peaceful 2020 General Elections’, brought together the Military High Command led by the Chief of the Defence Staff, (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Akwa, Commanders and Staff Officers from the Ghana Armed Forces General Headquarters.
The Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa commended the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Northern Command, Brigadier General Moses Mohammed Aryee for the excellent arrangement made for the review conference.
The CDS noted that the main objective of this review conference was to remain cohesive, united, highly motivated force and a team spirit to ensure the stability and peace of the country in adopting sound disciplined initiative at all times.
Lt Gen Boamah Akwa said as the country was gearing up for the December 2020 General Elections, it was imperative to take stock, review lessons learnt and also create a way forward to play a mandatory role in the general elections and other security related issues.
The CDS assured that GAF would continue to support the civil authorities to maintain peace and stability in the country while protecting law abiding citizens. He cautioned that GAF would not countenance trouble makers who wilfully threaten the country’s peace and interfere with duties of the security services.
He noted that the Ghana Armed Forces would adopt a media campaign that was proactive to win public confidence and position GAF in a very positive light.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Jirapa, Mrs Christine Bombanye-Amadu in her remarks during the opening ceremony commended GAF for choosing the Jirapa municipality for the conference.
The MCE said security continued to remain the highest priority of any government, stressing the importance of security in promoting a peaceful and healthy country. She said security could stimulate democratic governance, promotion of a peaceful socio -economic development and acceleration of law and order.
Mrs Bombanye-Amadu stated that the review conference would allow GAF to strategise its performance for better results and also become an important element towards a peaceful general election year.
The Municipal Chief Executive said the government for some years now had been advocating for women empowerment in the country. She however appealed for a quota set aside for females to be recruited or enlisted into the Ghana Armed Forces.
She expressed her delight how GAF female officers have taken senior appointments in the ranks and encouraged them to continue that feat.