The Brazilian Defence Attaché to Ghana and Nigeria, Col Aristoteles Martins Rocha has called on the Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto-Bonsu at his office, MATS on Wednesday, 18 November, 2015. The DA said he deemed it polite and important to pay a courtesy call on him to continue with the existing good relationship between the two armies and countries on his new appointment. He noted he was the second Brazilian DA to Ghana and he deemed that a privilege and honour, adding, he was going to use his good office to enhance any partnership between the two armies especially in the area of training. Col Rocha also mentioned that the training school was the soul of every armed forces and much attention and exchange programs were needed to foster the training of the troops.
He stated that his next visit in Ghana would be at the Jungle Warfare School (JWS) to ascertain firsthand knowledge about the school and to see the way forward. Rear Admiral Bonsu expressed gratitude for the call and said he hoped the DA would use his office to forge more training programs for the schools. He said the schools took training very seriously and it was important to invest in the training activities of the troops.
The Commandant also mentioned that he knew the capabilities of Brazilians. They were hard working and competent in their discharge of duties and hoped the relationship would grow stronger and bigger. Subsequently, the DA seized the opportunity to visit the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) and he was briefed on the history, organisation, training activities, courses and others.
The Commander, GMA, Brig Gen Mike Akpatsu urged him to use his good office to create more exchange
programs for the academy since it would go a long way to benefit them. He entreated him to keep the engagement between them in order to work assiduously towards the exchange training packages for the cadets and instructors as well.