Vice President Unveils Armed Forces Command and Staff College Academic Journal


Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday launched an academic journal for the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) to be a channel for communicating academic knowledge locally and internationally.

The journal, known as “The African Journal of Defence, Security and Strategy” was compiled and edited by the College and is the first ever academic journal developed by a military college in the western sub-region. -African.

This would help expand the reach of the academic boundaries of the military to address the dynamics of security and intelligence related issues.

Vice President Bawumia, who was the special guest at the 2021 Joint Graduation of Senior Staff Course 42 and Master of Science in Defense and International Politics at GAFCSC in Accra, officially launched the Journal for crown the ceremony.

The Vice President recognized the immeasurable contribution of the College to existing knowledge and scholarship since its inception in 1963, not only in the field of defense and security, but also in general public service practices.

He believed the journal would help address contemporary and evolving African challenges.

He welcomed the College’s plan to introduce a philosophy program in defense and international politics and a master’s program in security studies.

A total of 81 students graduated, including 59 military officers and 22 allied students from some sister countries including Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Benin and Sierra Leone.

Seventy-two (72) of the 81 graduates completed the 42 Master of Science in Defense and International Politics staff course and the remainder graduated with a Master of Science in Defense and International Politics after undergoing intensive 11-month training .

Some of the graduates were civilians from various public and private institutions including the Electoral Commission, Ministry of Information, Ghana Electricity Company, Chronicle News Paper, Asaase Radio and Ghana Education Service.

Vice President Bawumia observed that terrorism and piracy pose a major threat to security in Africa and require collaboration among the respective African countries to combat and eradicate them.

Dr. Bawumia said that the security and peace of the sub-region and Africa as a whole rests on their shoulders and urged them to work together to maintain peace and stability on the continent.

Dr. Bawumia urged the graduates to be good ambassadors for the College and to show the military traits of discipline and punctuality and to stay focused and be agents of change in their respective institutions and in society as a whole.

Rear Admiral Moses Kwadwo Beick-Baffour, Commandant of the College, in his welcome address said that military officers need the capability of modern security techniques to fight terrorism and piracy.

He pleaded with them to exercise diligence, professionalism and above all a sound and analytical mind in all their endeavours.

“I also encourage you to flaunt your certificates with a sense of accomplishment after sacrificing time and resources to other competing needs to gain knowledge in pursuit of your ambitions,” he advised them.

Students who achieved outstanding results during the course were rewarded with books, certificates and plaques.

Major Peter Afreh of the Ghana Armed Forces graduated top and received a book, plaque and trophy.


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