President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged the Ghana Armed Forces to be at the forefront in the fight against illegal mining, reminding them that Ghanaians expect the security services to help curb the menace.
“As government intensifies its efforts to curb the illegal mining phenomenon, otherwise referred to as ‘galamsey’, that is polluting our waters, destroying our farmlands and forests, and threatening the very survival of this country, Ghanaians will continue to rely on the efforts of our security services, with the Armed Forces in the forefront, to help deal with the problem,” he said.
“I am confident that, as always, the Armed Forces will rise to the occasion,” the president added during the Presentation of Colours to the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, at a ceremony at the Gondar Barracks, Burma Camp, in Accra, Friday.
According to President Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanaians owe a great debt of gratitude to the men and women of the Armed Forces for being prepared to put their lives on the line to keep the nation safe, safeguard its sovereignty and protect its territorial integrity.
“As the saying goes, you are the salt of the earth,” the paid tribute to the men and women in the uniform.
In terms of military preparedness, President Nana Akufo-Addo pledged that his government would actively support contemporary training methods that would not only keep the military abreast of international military trends, but would also ensure that they remained the beacon of Armed Forces across the continent.
“We are committed to providing you with modern military equipment, which would complement the training you would receive. Government is also committed to enriching the human resource base of the Armed Forces by supporting initiatives that will provide further education for soldiers, sailors and airmen to enhance further their skills at protecting our territorial integrity,” the President noted.
With Friday’s Presentation of Colours ceremony being his first as Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, President Nana Akufo-Addo added that this was also the very first time in the history of the Ghana Armed Forces that the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment was being presented with colours.
“So you can see, it is an auspicious day for me. It means that the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment is now joined to me in a special way, for my future recollections of this day will always feature you,” he added.
The ceremony for the Presentation of Colours, in tune with longstanding military traditions across the world, had been the sole preserve for units in the infantry.
However, in line with the decision taken to present Colours to deserving combat support units of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Armoured Recce Regiment was presented with its own Colours. The only other combat support units who have ever been presented with their own colours are the 48 Engineer Regiment and the 66 Artillery Regiment.
The “Colours” of a regiment represent its honour and devotion to duty, as well as the fighting spirit of military units, and are symbols of bravery and unity.
“As we present you, the Armoured Recce Regiment, with your own Colours, I urge you to revere it and be guided always by its undying principles of perseverance, unity and bravery in the protection of lives and property, and the defence of the territorial sovereignty of our beloved Ghana,” the President stated.
President Nana Akufo-Addo commended the Armoured Recce Regiment for their commitment to duty, and their overall contribution to the Ghana Armed Forces, since its establishment in 1963.
The President cited the support given by the recce units of the Gold Coast Regiments in World War 1 and also in Burma, honours which have been inscribed on the colours, as well of honours chalked in international peacekeeping operations in Lebanon, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire.