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CDS charges Ghanaians to preserve peace of the country.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Obed Boamah Akwa has called on Ghanaians to preserve the peace and tranquility of the country in the face of the current terrorists attacks across the globe and especially in the West Africa sub-region.

According to the military chief, the insurgency is a major concern for the Military High Command and the government.

To him, it is imperative for multi-agency and collaborative approach by all in dealing with the situation and that the internal security and counter insurgence operations would be conducted to assist the civil authorities to maintain or restore law and order.

He was speaking at the 14th edition of Exercise Tigers' Path, which brought together six teams from the Northern Command, Central Command, Southern Command, Navy Command, Air Force and Support Services Brigade Group at the Achiase Jungle Warfare School in the Eastern Region.

This year's Exercise Tiger's Path has been a remarkable one as energetic and physically well trained soldiers from the Ghana Armed Force displayed outstanding performances at various stages of tasks assigned to each team, which comprised walking 7.5km through the bushes to a destination point, crossing river with a rope, helicopter display, among others.

The Ex-Tigers' Path was instituted in 1991 under the command of the then Commandant of the Military Academy and Training School (MATS), Brig Gen Lawrence Appah and Lieutenant Colonel Augustine Peter Blay, a former Chief of Defence Staff.

The Ex-Tigers' Path 2019 is meant to achieve a common goal to test the physical strength, marshalling drill, rescue in navigation, obstacle crossing, first aid in jungle setting, endurance and inter-service cooperation.

'The media as well as citizens should see to it as their duty to complement the effort of the security agencies by providing them timely information about the movement and activities of insurgents for early intervention,' Lt-Gen. Akwa said.

EX TIGERS PATH is a biennial exercise organised by the Jungle Warfare School, Akim Achiase, and currently under the command of Lt Col AY Owusu.

The closing ceremony brought many dignitaries from Ghana and other nationals, including the Defence Attaches of Russia and South Africa.

In his closing address, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, the Defence Minister and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bimbila urged everyone to make security a priority since we all owe it a duty to preserve the peace and tranquility and avoid any tendency that will reverse the gains made so far.

'As the Minister for Defence, I can state categorically that the Ghana Armed Forces is committed to playing its role as professionally mandated by the constitution.

'This physically and mentally demanding exercise that the troops have gone through over the past four days is part of the practical demonstration of the Ghana Armed Forces to live up to expectation. May I use this platform to call on all and sundry to exhibit the passion of excellence wherever we find ourselves so that we can continue to move our dear Nation forward.' he said.

At the end of the exercise, the Central Command was crowned the 'best team in defensive operation (attack)', Navy won the 'best team in navigation', Air force won the 'best team in vectoring and marshalling', Southern Command won the 'best team in obstacle crossing', Whilst the, 'best individual in rang shoot' was won by Gardri WG and best female participant went to OS Grant N.

Exercise Controller was Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) AY Owusu (also JWS Commanding Officer), Exercise Assistant Controller - Major Jacob Codjoe, Exercise Chief Instructor - Maj Bright Basuglo, together with thirty-seven other Jungle Experts Exercise Umpires, to award marks and determine the ultimate winner.

Dignitaries present were Chief of the Army Staff - Major General William Azure Ayamdo, the Chief of the Naval Staff - Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, the Chief of Air Staff - Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson, the Commandant, Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College - Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour, Board Chairman of Veterans Association of Ghana - Major General CB Yaache (rtd).
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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Aug 1, 2019
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