A five-member delegation from the Inspector General Department (IGD) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) led by the Deputy Director, Col L Attache paid a working visit to the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Wednesday, 27 January, 2016.Shortly after their arrival, they paid a courtesy call on the Commandant, MATS, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto-Bonsu at his office to officially inform him of their visit.
Rear admiral Akoto-Bonsu said his vision as a commandant was to turn the command into an institution of excellence for both instructors and students who would resolute and be dependable anytime called upon to defend the country.He told the delegation that he saw their visit as very vital because it would give higher command a first-hand information about the administration, operational and logistical state and some challenges of the various units and garrisons and see how best to resolve them.
He mentioned that the main challenge of MATS Command were logistics, inadequate computers, photocopier machines and stationeries but also said in spite of all these constraints, training of troops was still in progress and unabated.Col Attache said the IGD served as the eyes, ears, voice and conscience of the Chief of Defence Staff CDS). He noted that the IGD was a quality control unit which ensured that all standing orders of the GAF status code were adhered to and also checked on some of the wastages in the military cycles.
The team proceeded to the MATS Conference room where they received a comprehensive briefing from the Commanding Officer (CO), MATS, Lt Col John Eshun, the Chief Instructor, Army Combat Training School (ATRAK), Lt Col Attipoe Dumashie and the Command Logistics Officer of ATRAC , Major Gyamoah Amoako on the administrational, operational and logistical states and some of the challenges of their various units. They also made some recommendations for onward consideration to the team.The delegation later held a durbar with the troops at the Academy hall to educate personnel on the activities of the IGD. A member of the team, Lt Col Deku speaking to the troops said that it was the duty of the IGD to go round all the garrisons and units across the country to access the combat readiness of troops and report back to the CDS.
He said the department was an alternative grievance readiness unit where troops could evoke the department anytime with their problems for redress. This he said would help troops to desist from the writing of anonymous letters to higher command.He advised troops to desist from partisan politics and also be neutral in the discharge of their duties during and after the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary general elections. Other members of the delegation included Lt Col Ntri and Lt Col Gameli.