Two ceremonies have been held in Otu Barracks for fresh batch of students of Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) for the 2018/2019 academic year. The students designated Senior Course 40 is made up of 68 students who will undertake the Past Staff Course (psc) and the Masters in Defense and International Politics (MDIP) programme.

SOME STUDENTS OF COURSE 40 

The first ceremony which was the matriculation ceremony took place in the College’s auditorium, Ankrah Hall, on Friday 28th September 2018. The Assistant Registrar (Academic Faculty), Mr Kwasi Asante Okyere-Boateng administered the Matriculation Oath.

STUDENTS OF COURSE 40 SWEARING THE MATRICULATION OATH

The students are from 14 differrent countries including Botswana Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zambia. The matriculation oath was signed on behalf of the students by the senior student, Lt Col (Dr) NL Simpong.

SENIOR STUDENT LT COL NL SIMPONG SIGNING THE MATRICULATION OATH

On behalf of the students, he outlined the expectations of his colleagues and pledged their resolve to learn to achieve their goals at the end of their 11 months stay in the College. He also assured the entire College fraternity of their willingness to abide by the rules and regulations of the College.

SENIOR STUDENT LT COL (DR) NL SIMPONG OUTLINING THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE STUDENTS

Addressing the students, the Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, congratulated them and outlined the objectives of the Course. He touched on the Course contents and admonished them to study hard to justify their selection as the package was very expensive. He urged them to exhibit a high sense of diligence, integrity, discipline and moral courage to be able to go through the course. He encouraged them to express their views openly and meaningfully contribute to discussions during syndicate room activities and central presentations as the Chatham House Rules operate in the College.

COMMANDANT AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMIC FACULTY
THE COMMANDANT REAR ADMIRAL SETH AMOAMA DELIVERING HIS ADDRESS

In a Note of Assurance, the Director of Corporate Affairs (DCA) at the College, Colonel Kofi Arthur, assured the students of the preparedness of the Military Faculty, Academic Division, the Research Department, the Library, the Administration, the Mess, the Kitchen, the Physical Training Wing and the Headquarters to support them as go through the course and improve upon their academic credentials.

On Sunday 30th September 2018, an Induction Religious Parade was held for the students to commit them into the hands of God as they begin the 11-month course. Speaking at the Service with the theme, “ENLIGHTENMENT THROUGH KNOWLEDGE” an Imam of the Ghana Armed Forces, Maj NA Mohammed, urged the students to put their Faith in Allah and exhibit Righteousness, Truthfulness and Patience without which they will not succeed on the Course and later in life. He advised them to be the game changers in their line of duties after the course.

MAJ NA MOHAMMED DELIVERING THE HOMILY

Preaching on the stated theme, Maj PN Doudu Minister in charge of the Garrison SDA Church called on the students not to be corrupted nor compromise on discipline as they undertake the course. He admonished the students to strife to imbibe whatever will be taught them so that they will shine in their various appointments after the course. He urged them to justify the investments being made in them and implored higher command to also create the enabling environment which will allow the officers to contribute their quota to the development of their various countries. He stated emphatically that ‘Service to God is service to Man’ and that the students should not use the knowledge they will get on the course to lord it over their subordinates when they finish.

MAJ PN DOUDU DELIVERING THE SERMON

The Guest of Honour for the occasion Brig Gen A Annan (Rtd) who was a Deputy Commandant in the College congratulated the students on their selection to attend this all important course and urged them to sacrifice a lot in order to benefit from the course. He indicated that the time the students are spending away from their families, friends and countries should not be in vain and that they should all strive as a team to be successful at the end of the day. He indicated that though the graduation of the students is slated for August 2019, it will soon come so they should eschew procrastination. He advised them against learning wrong things and urged them to take advantage of their diverse background to enhance their capabilities. He again urged them to learn from some senior officers anytime they got the opportunity to interact with them as this would enhance their military knowledge. He advised them to find time to worship their God as He is the source of all knowledge.

GUEST OF HONOUR, BRIG GEN A ANNAN (RTD) GIVING HIS ADDRESS
CONGREGATION AT THE INDUCTION RELIGIOUS SERVICE

The service was attended by the Commandant and staff of the College, some senior military officers, students of Senior Division Course 40 and Junior Division Course 70, families and well-wishers. A reception was held for all participants after the service.