President of the Republic, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Major General Thomas Peprah as new Chief of Army Staff.
The president made the appointment in consultation with the Council of State.
A statement issued on Tuesday, 12th February, 2020 by the Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin stated that ” following the completion of the tour of duty and subsequent retirement from the Ghana Armed Forces of Major General William Ayamba, the Chief of Army Staff, the president of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has in consultation with the Council of State appointed Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah currently Chief of Staff at General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces, as the new Chief of Army Staff, effective Tuesday, 18th February, 2020″.
“On the recommendation of the Armed Forces Council, President Akufo-Addo has appointed Commodore Issah Adams Yakubu as the new Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces to succeed Major General Oppong-Peprah effective Wednesday, 19th February, 2020. Commodore Yakubu is also promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on the same date “, the statement added.
Below is the full statement
The new Chief of Army Staff Major General Oppong-Peprah was appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters, on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 after Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour ended his duty-tour on January 4, 2019.
Major General Oppong-Peprah was the first Armoured Officer of GAF to be appointed as the substantive GOC S/Comd and assumed duty on February 3rd, 2017 as he took over from Brigadier-General Musah Whajah (rtd).
Under Major General Oppong-Peprah’s tenure, S/Comd brought calm to conflict areas such as Alavanyo, Nkonya and Kpassah, in the Volta Region and also disarmed and arrested armed elements that used to attack Forestry Commission taskforce members in the Western Region.
The Command spent time and effort to train hard and well to win every contest that the Army conducted and a particular mention is the Army Command/Formation Sports and the Army Command/Formation Shooting – which they cleared every single honour of all fourteen awards at stake.
The brigade’s training exercises included Ex Tigers’ Path 2017 (which the Command is reigning champion), Ex Starlight Stretch 2017 (an old-time Army exercise revived by Major General Oppong-Peprah), Ex Kullum Shirri -Ex March and Shoot, Inter-Units Drill Competition and Master Commando.
Within less than two years of leadership, his Command accomplished the following: 6-unit block self-contained accommodation for soldiers, accommodation block for guards at the Headquarters Eastern Gate, with the HQ’s square, main road and parking lot asphalted.
He has also built a biogas facility that channels all waste at the Southern Command HQ barracks into a biogas pot, renovated the following – office accommodation block, Other Ranks’ (OR) Cookhouse, accommodation for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), Unit’s Armoury and the Kpeshie Health Centre.
Additionally, Major General Oppong-Peprah completed the Quarter-Guard accommodation at the main gate – which was started by his predecessor, built a new Military Police post, installed CCTV cameras at the Southern Command HQ and provided modern firefighting equipment for the HQ.
He also provided chemistry and haematology analyzers at the Kpeshie Health Centre to enable them undertake all types of tests without referring to the 37 Military Hospital, a prefabricated admission unit for the medical centre, amongst others.
Meanwhile, some people have alleged that Major General Thomas Peprah is is an in-law to President Akufo-Addo.
According to the critics, Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah’s wife is a direct relative of President Akufo-Addo.
They believe his wife, Asantewaa, is the daughter of Nana Ama Dokuah, the Queen Mother of Kyebi; with whom President Akufo-Addo is directly related to in the Kyebi royal family.
Source:ghfactsonline.com /Suhiyini Yakubu Abdul Mumin
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