The Ghana Armed Forces have held a ceremony to induct newly appointed high-ranking officials into their respective offices to assume their roles. The three officials inducted are the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama; the Chief of the Naval Staff, (CNS), Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu and the Chief of Staff (COS), Major General Nicholas Peter Andoh.
Their induction follows their appointment by the President of the Republic and Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The ceremony was held on Sunday 9th May 2021 at the Garrison Methodist Presbyterian Church Burma Camp under the theme, “You are a chosen vessel of Christ”. Preaching the sermon on the subject, “The man or person God chooses” the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, Ghana, Rt Rev Prof JOY Mantey, said God chooses all manner of people in diverse ways, whether through election, appointment or by nomination. He sighted Abraham in the Bible, who came from a pagan home.
Rt Rev Prof Mantey, urged the three inductees to be strong and courageous, saying the Lord was with them the same He was with Joshua when he took over leadership from Moses to lead the Israelites to the ‘Promised Land’.
The Chief of Defense Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama on behalf of the CNS and COS pledged and committed themselves to work to the glory of God for the betterment of GAF and Ghana in general. He conveyed his goodwill message to all ranks and the civilian establishment for their support since his assumption of office.
The occasion’s Guest of Honour was Defence Minister, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, who in his remarks, urged the new leaders to continue to give off their best for the success of GAF and the country. He called on the congregation to “give them the needed support by making use of their individual and collective strength to become agents of change.
Other Dignitaries that graced the occasion included the Senior Advisor to the President, Hon Yaw Osafo Marfo, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, members of parliament, traditional leaders, senior officers, heads of sister security services and some members of the Diplomatic Corps.
The Defence Minister also appealed for the needed support from the rank and file of GAF for the CDS to enable him to achieve his mandate.