The Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, has commended the military for their loyalty, vigilance, integrity, dedication and professionalism in serving the country.
These virtues, according to him, had enabled the military to maintain peace and security in the country, amidst challenges of the current rise in armed robbery and other criminal activities in the country.
He said this at the Ghana Armed Forces’ (GAF) end-of-year thanksgiving parade held at Burma Camp in Accra.
“I expect that we will maintain these positive attributes to enable us discharge our duty with hounour, pride and dignity,” Vice Admiral Quashie added.
He said through discipline, dedication and professional posture, the military had managed to maintain its good image and high regard in various peacekeeping missions.
Vice Admiral Quashie called on the military personnel to resolve to protect the unity of purpose, collective will and determination to succeed in their efforts to maintain the integrity of the country which government strived to meet the logistical and personnel requirement.
Giving his sermon on the topic, “Journeying towards retirement; paying attention to the things that do not change,” the General Secretary of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, urged the military to strengthen the bond that exist in their families.
He said the family was a gift by God and that it was important for the personnel to cherish it.
Apostle Antwi urged them to invest quality time in the lives of their families and ensure that the children were well-resourced.
“When you go on retirement, it is your family that would be there for you so you need to invest much into your family and build good relationship with your partners,” he noted.
Apostle Antwi advised them to plan towards their retirement by investing in their future, adding that “no matter where you are, you can have a clean start”.
An Islamic scholar and author, Sheikh I. Nuamah, urged the personnel to build good network of friends while in the service, so that they would be of help to them when they retire.
Sheikh Nuamah told them to commit their entire lives to God and take good care of themselves while working reward national development.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu