Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice president, has urged the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College to support the government’s efforts to digitize the country by making contributions that will advance its digital development.
On Friday, August 18, 2023, Dr. Bawumia addressed the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College graduation ceremony in Accra. He recognized the historical contributions of the armed forces to technological advancement and urged the Ghana Armed Forces to join the digitization drive because of the relationship between the military and technology.
“It has been acknowledged, the world over, that the military and technology are inseparable,” Dr. Bawumia said.
“Indeed, many technologies that we are enjoying today are the product of military research. Examples include, the microwave ovens, computers, GPS technology, the internet, nuclear energy, walkie talkies, etc.”
“Therefore I look forward to the Ghana Armed Forces, particularly GAFCSC, to help with strategies that will contribute to government’s digitization agenda,” added the Vice President.
“As I requested at last year’s graduation, government is looking forward to GAFCSC developing modules and programmes that will challenge the ingenuity of the youth, particularly in digitalization awareness and Cyber security related issues.”
IMPACT OF GAFCSC
Dr. Bawumia praised the GAFCSC’s substantial contribution as a knowledge center that serves males from other African nations in addition to Ghanaians.
“I have repeatedly referred to GAFCSC, as a prime national asset with a place of pride in Ghana and the entire continent as it continues to serve as a citadel of knowledge for our military and that of allied countries,” he said.
“Over time, GAFCSC has convincingly carved a niche for itself as the destination of choice for Allied officers and countries who have a desire to achieve professional excellence in their respective Armed Forces.”
Dr. Bawumia further urged the Staff College Control Board and the Military High Command to take advantage of the College’s growing reputation, to work toward maintaining the gains already made and perhaps venture into other uncharted territories necessary for national development.
“The increased demand for vacancies on your programmes should serve as a motivation to explore and tap into other areas of study that are necessary for the socio-economic development of our dear nation and by extension the continent.”
“With the status of the College as a tertiary institution and her flagship Integrated programme, namely the Passed Staff College (psc) and the Master of Science in Defense and International Politics, GAFCSC has assumed an even greater role in shaping the leadership and managerial skills of many professionals from Ghana and other sister African countries.”
Additionally, Dr. Bawumia gave the military assurances that the government would continue to support them and build up their infrastructure, “as it has always done.”
The Master of Science in Defense and International Politics Class of 2023 and the 2023 year group of the College for Senior Command and Staff Course 44 both graduated at the joint event.