Major General Samuel Odotei (Rtd), Dzasetse of La, has called on the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure a peaceful environment for the upcoming 2024 General Election.
Speaking at the end-of-year get-together known as the West Africa Security Social Activity (WASSA) at the Army Headquarters, Major General Odotei emphasized the importance of delivering a secure environment for the elections.
“Ghana would count on you to deliver a peaceful environment for the 2024 elections, and you cannot afford to disappoint Ghanaians in that regard,” he stated.
Major General Odotei commended the GAF for their achievements in various military domains under the leadership of Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), despite financial and other challenges. He particularly praised the GAF's success in sports at national, regional, and international levels.
Highlighting the evolving global security landscape, Major General Odotei commended the GAF for adapting to dynamic security trends and breaking gender stereotypes by allowing female soldiers to take on tasks traditionally perceived as male-oriented.
He acknowledged the collaborative efforts of sister security agencies, emphasizing that this cooperation had been instrumental in saving Ghana from violent extremism and terrorism affecting the sub-region.
Major General Odotei urged the GAF to remain united, disciplined, and loyal to its constitutional mandate to ensure the country's continued peace.
However, he cautioned soldiers against unduly infringing on the rights of civilians, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between the military and civilians. He also warned civilians against attacking soldiers who risk their lives in defense of the nation.
Major General Thomas Oppong Pepprah, Chief of Defense Staff, delivered a welcome address at the WASSA event.
Brigadier General Barima Brako, Chief Staff Officer at the Army Headquarters, reiterated the commitment of GAF personnel to maintain peace and order in the country.
The occasion also served as a platform to unveil a mini Jeep, the Ghana Armed Forces Mini Jeep (GAMIT), designed by Warrant Officer Class One Awal Mohammed to facilitate transportation within the barracks.
Additionally, two soldiers and civilian staff were recognized for their outstanding contributions.
The event featured local renditions of Christmas carols and other musical genres performed by Funky Millionaires, the GAF Band, “Nkwanpa,” and Kwame Eugene.