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"Exemplify leadership and excellence" - EOCO Boss urges GAFCSC graduates

In a stirring address at the graduation ceremony of Junior Staff Course 81, the Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, urged the new graduates of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) to be fully committed to problem-solving, training, administration, and welfare in their future roles.

Addressing the graduates, COP Addo-Danquah emphasized the importance of having an inquiring mind, paying attention to details, and displaying the highest levels of discipline, integrity, and dedication.

"Leadership is about inspiring and empowering others to achieve greatness," she stated, encouraging the graduates to embrace teamwork, adaptability, and stay true to their core principles.

She urged them to uphold the good image of the College by applying the knowledge and expertise gained during their training.

A Celebration of Hard Work and Dedication

The ceremony marked the end of a rigorous 19-week course filled with hard work, sleepless nights, and a strong dedication to serving the nation.

COP Addo-Danquah congratulated the graduates, noting their exceptional leadership, strategic thinking, and commitment to excellence.

This milestone, she highlighted, is a significant step in the careers of the graduates.

Broadened Perspectives and Practical Experience

Throughout the course, the officers broadened their professional and general outlook on both national and international issues through seminars and lectures from esteemed lecturers and institutions.

A notable component of the training was the Experiential Studies Programme, which included a study tour to Ghana's Central and Eastern Regions.

This hands-on experience provided valuable insights into socio-economic issues, with the expectation that their recommendations would influence future policies

Equipped for Future Challenges

COP Addo-Danquah reminded the graduates that the course has equipped them with essential skills for junior and middle-level staff appointments.

She emphasized the importance of being prepared for the world’s various threats, such as terrorism, ethnic and religious disputes, and natural disasters.

"It is important that you constantly strive to arrive at a clearer understanding of what it takes to contain any of these threats, be it natural or man-made," she advised.

International Collaboration and Cooperation

The diverse graduating class included officers from The Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, and Botswana, underscoring the power of collaboration.

COP Addo-Danquah expressed appreciation for their participation and highlighted the importance of continued cooperation and integration on the continent.

She assured that Ghana will continue to welcome and collaborate with sister African countries to promote continental cooperation.

Inter-Agency Training and Cooperation

The ceremony also highlighted the successful two-week internal security and counter-insurgency package of the course, which culminated in Exercise OMBUDSMAN.

This programme, which included participation from sister security services, equipped students with essential skills for internal security management and counter-insurgency operations.

Commendations and Final Thoughts

COP Addo-Danquah commended the Commandant, Assistant Commandant, and the College staff for their tireless efforts in achieving professional excellence. She extended special congratulations to the award winners for their outstanding performance.

In her closing remarks, she urged the graduates to cherish the support of their families and friends, who played a crucial role in their journey. .

She quoted Robert Frost, emphasizing collective strength and resilience in facing future challenges.

With heartfelt congratulations, she declared Junior Staff Course 81 officially ended and wished all graduates success, honor, and safe travels.

On his part, Brigadier General, Albert Kwadwo Dawohoso, Assistant Commandant, Junior Division, GAFCSC was optimistic that the graduates will live up to expectation.

He commended lecturers who took time off their busy schedules to teach the graduates.

The Junior Staff Course 81 assembled on 26 January 2024 and commenced lectures on 29 January 2024 with 76 students.

Among the students are One from the Gambia, One from the Republic of Liberia, 3 from Botswana, 4 from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The remaining 67 students are Ghanaian officers, drawn from the Ghana Army, the Ghana Navy and the Ghana Air Force.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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