GHANA ARMED FORCES
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General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
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No. F1 03 February 2017
GHANA’S MILITARY CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECOWAS MISSION IN THE GAMBIA
Ghana, as part of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has deployed a combat team to the Gambia. The ECOWAS Mission in the Gambia (ECOMIG) was deployed to create a safe and secure environment in the Gambia and to ensure that the will of the Gambian people, as expressed in the December 1 Presidential Elections, is respected. In all, three countries have provided troops, namely Nigeria and Ghana with Senegal as the lead country.
The Ghanaian combat team deployed mainly at Barra, some few kilometres from the Capital Banjul, is made up of Two Hundred and Ten (210) all ranks under the leadership of the Ghanaian Contingent Commander, Colonel KD Hagan, whilst the Combat Team Commander is Lieutenant Colonel Seth Gyekye Odei. Tactical equipment necessary for the smooth operations of the Ghanaian troops has also been provided. Additionally, Ghana has also contributed senior military officers to the ECOMIG headquarters to assist in the smooth conduct of operations.
The first phase of the operations, which was to ensure a safe return of his Excellency President Adama Barrow from Dakar to Banjul has been successfully executed. The next phase, which is to create an enabling environment for the smooth administration of the new government, is currently ongoing with the troop contributing countries all playing major roles to ensure its success. This will include the provision of escorts to VVIPs, conducting of patrols, searching for hidden arms and ammunitions and protection of the President.
Barra is considered a key strategic crossing point by Ferry services between the capital Banjul and towns across the Gambia River to the North of Gambia and Senegal. The Barra Ferry Point had two Ferries currently operating between Barra and Banjul. Over 6000 passengers and 120 different types of vehicles cross from Barra to Banjul daily. The security situation at the Barra Ferry point is fluid and tense due to high number of passengers and vehicles ready to cross over to Banjul. The Ghanaian contingent, as part of its duties have some personnel deployed at the Ferry point to assist the local police and Port Authority to ensure safe traffic flow and to maintain law and order. Additionally, they conduct patrols to various key points and vulnerable locations in Barra to ensure security. The Contingent also liaises regularly with the Gambian Military Detachment at Barra to ensure security in the area and the border post between Gambia and Senegal.
The Ghanaian Staff Officers at the ECOMIG Headquarters, Colonel DK Hagan and Colonel William Agyapong, have played significant roles in the location, verification and smooth transfer of arms and ammunitions from the house of the former President, Yahya Jammeh. They additionally engage the ECOWAS Standby Force staff in shaping the next phase of the ECOMIG operations.
In a related development, the Ghanaian troops took advantage of their presences in the country to visit Ghana Town, a fishing community of about 350 Ghanaians, in Senegambia, a suburb of Greater Banjul. The Ghanaians were happy and welcomed the troops well; they said so far nobody had threatened them and they were going about their activities in peace.
COLONEL E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Director Public Relations
Ghana Armed Forces