‘Allow state institutions to operate freely’

Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje,Chief of Defence Staff

Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje,Chief of Defence Staff

Ghanaians have been asked to avoid interfering in the activities of state institutions, to enable them to function effectively, as the country approaches the 2016 polls.

The Commander of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA), Brigadier General Mike Akpatsu, who gave the advice, appealed to the public to offer useful contributions to state institutions so that they could meet their obligations in ensuring free and fair elections.

He made the call at the 2016 graduation Band Concert for Regular Career Course (RCC) 56 and Short Service Commission (SSC) / Special Duties (SD) intake 54, at the GMA at Teshie in Accra.

Brig Gen Akpatsu said: “The time has come for Ghanaians to have confidence in the Electoral Commission and other institutions in delivering on their mandate.”

He stressed that officials of state institutions needed peace to be able to concentrate on the mandate.

“The confidence that the Armed Forces have enjoyed in past years in maintaining peace and order in the country, must be extended to other sensitive state institutions such as the Electoral Commission,” Brig Gen Akpatsu stressed.

Air Commodore K.K Pumpuni, a member of the board of directors of the 37 Military Hospital, noted that the band concert helps in calming nerves of both cadets and instructors.

He admonished cadets of the academy to attend musical concerts because it assists in promoting spirit-de-corps among soldiers.

Air Commodore Pumpuni encouraged cadets: “You have to always aim at self-improvement and endeavour to acquire and apply professional knowledge in your daily activities.”

He urged the cadets to comport themselves so that they can pass out successfully.

The band concert is an annual event held for cadets so that they can relax from their daily strenuous activities as well as learn more about traditional music in the country.

The Tagoe sisters and Gyedu Blay Ambolley and the Ghana Armed Forces Regimental and Dance Band entertained the audience.

By Daniel N. Amparbeng



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