Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday launched an academic journal for the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) to serve as a channel for communicating academic knowledge locally and internationally.
The journal, known as “The African Journal of Defense, Security and Strategy” was compiled and edited by the College and is the very first academic journal developed by a military college in the West African sub-region.
This would help broaden the scope of the military’s academic boundaries to respond to the dynamics of security and intelligence issues.
Vice President Bawumia, who was the special guest at the 2021 Joint Graduation of the GAFCSC Senior Staff Course 42 and Master of Science in Defense and International Politics in Accra in Accra, officially launched the Journal to close the ceremony.
The Vice President recognized the College’s immeasurable contribution 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 evolving and contemporary African challenges.
He praised 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 received 42 Master of Science in Defense and International Politics and the remainder obtained Master of Science in Defense and International Politics after completing an intensive 11-month training course.
Some of the graduates were civilians from various public and private institutions, including the Election Commission, the Ministry of Information, the Ghana Electricity Company, the Chronicle News Paper, Asaase Radio and the Ghana Education Service.
Vice President Bawumia observed that terrorism and piracy pose a major security threat in Africa and require collaboration between respective African countries to combat and eradicate them.
Dr Bawumia said that the security and peace of the sub-region and of Africa as a whole rests on their shoulders and urged them to work together to maintain the peace and stability of the continent.
Dr Bawumia urged graduates to be good ambassadors for the College and to show military traits of discipline and punctuality and to stay focused and be agents of change in their respective institutions and society as a whole.
Rear Admiral Moses Kwadwo Beick-Baffour, Commander of the College, in his welcoming remarks said military officers need the capability of modern security techniques to combat terrorism and piracy.
He urged them to show diligence, professionalism and above all sane and analytical mind in all of their endeavors.
“I also encourage you to display your certificates with a sense of accomplishment by sacrificing time and resources at the expense of other competing needs to gain knowledge to serve your ambitions,” he advised them.
Students who performed outstandingly during the course were awarded with books, certificates and plaques.
Major Peter Afreh of the Ghanaian Armed Forces became the top general graduate and received a book, plaque and trophy.