December 18, 2017

Galamsey fight: Akufo-Addo confident Armed Forces will rise to occasion

President Nana Akufo-Addo, says Ghanaians are looking up to the Ghana Armed Forces to be at the forefront in the fight against illegal mining, otherwise referred to as ‘galamsey’.

He said his government intensifies its efforts to curb ‘galamsey’, which is polluting the country’s waters, destroying farmlands and forests, and threatening the very survival of the country.

“Ghanaians would continue to rely on the efforts of our security services, with the Armed Forces in the forefront, to help deal with the problem,” the President added saying he was confident that “as always, the Armed Forces will rise to the occasion.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, May 26, when he delivered a speech at the Presentation of Colours to the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, at a ceremony at the Gondar Barracks, Burma Camp, in Accra.

Describing the current challenges confronting the officers, men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces as “numerous, complex and sometimes quite unpredictable”, the President noted that in the face of all these threats, the armed forces continue to discharge their duties equably and professionally.

“All of us owe a great debt of gratitude to you, the men and women of the Armed Forces, for being prepared to put your lives on the line to keep our nation safe, safeguard our sovereignty and protect our territorial integrity. As the saying goes, you are the salt of the earth,” he said.

In terms of military preparedness to address the new threats to the country’s security, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government will actively support contemporary training methods that will not only keep the military abreast with international military trends but will also ensure that they remain the beacon of Armed Forces across the continent.

“We are committed to providing you with modern military equipment, which would complement the training you would receive.

Government is also committed to enriching the human resource base of the Armed Forces by supporting initiatives that will provide further education for soldiers, sailors and airmen to enhance further their skills at protecting our territorial integrity,” he added.

History in the making

With Friday’s Presentation of Colours ceremony, his first as Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, President Akufo-Addo stated that this was also the very first time in the history of the Ghana Armed Forces that the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment is being presented with colours.

“So you can see, it is an auspicious day for me. It means that the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment is now joined to me in a special way, for my future recollections of this day will always feature you,” he added.

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