The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia urged the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFSC) to develop modules on awareness of ongoing digitalization and cyber security issues.
He said that the military and technology are inseparable and therefore the opportunities to deepen knowledge in this field for the benefit of mankind should not be overlooked.
Dr Bawumia made the call when he addressed this year’s joint graduation of the Senior Command and Staff 43 Course and the Master of Science in Defense and International Politics (MDIP) at the Burma camp in Accra yesterday.
“As revealed in the Commander’s Report, the college programs are well attended and must motivate the Ghana Armed Forces to explore and exploit other fields of study necessary for the socio-economic development of our dear nation,” he added.
The Vice President therefore urged the Military High Command and the Staff College Oversight Committee to leverage their status and prominence to work to sustain the gains already made, and possibly venture into further development. other untapped areas where the military had a comparative advantage.
A total of 85 officers – including 59 from GAF and 26 from 11 African countries, including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Nigeria – have graduated.
Officers completed a master’s program in defense and international politics in addition to the command and staff course, and Dr Bawumia said: “You are now equipped to fulfill your roles both domestically and international”.
He advised graduates to make it a point to ensure their production in future deployments reflects the high standards.
“You are further instructed to go as torch bearers and worthy ambassadors of the college. You will need to demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities, exceptional communication skills, and significant knowledge of military and global issues.
“I urge you to maintain a high level of discipline and professionalism in your respective armed forces and other institutions in order to strengthen civil-military relations,” he stressed.
He also commended the promotion of the MDIP course and said that security and development issues, which were an important aspect of their respective course curricula, required multi-agency collaboration and varied skills and abilities.
He further urged graduates of the MDIP class to keep in touch with their military counterparts to exchange information regularly.
Reiterating the call for constant vigilance, the Vice President said that terrorism remained an imminent threat to Ghana and its neighbours.
He said recent attacks in Burkina Faso, Togo and Côte d’Ivoire have underscored the determination of terrorists to expand beyond the landlocked Sahelian countries, where the insurgency has devastated thousands of lives and of goods over the past decade.
“The fight against terrorism is a collective fight. In an effort to involve every citizen in the fight against terrorism, the government recently launched a campaign titled “See Something, Say Something” led by the Ministry of National Security.
“This campaign will provide additional education and highlight the challenges in the sub-region regarding terrorism and other activities that threaten the country’s security. So I will encourage you to be active participants and help educate your communities,” he advised.
Dr Bawumia said the college’s five-year strategic plan looked to the future and expressed optimism that the key objective of eliminating the backlog of officers needing command and training training will be achieved. staff and then to make room to accommodate an increase in personnel in Ghana. Military Academy.
Major Raymond Owusu-Ababio of the Ghanaian Army won the Graduate Diploma Honors Award for the Senior Command and Staff Course, while Rebecca Osei-Fordjour of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration became the top student in the MDIP class.