Accra Major General Michael Beary, the UNIFIL Force Commander has commended the Ghana Government and Armed Forces for meeting the target of 15 per cent female participation in Peace Support Operation (PSO) set for Troop Contributing countries.
Maj. Gen Beary, who is also the Head of Missions in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the Ghana Government and Armed Forces deserved more commendation for providing personnel for peacekeeping in Lebanon since its inception in 1978.
Over the years the Republic of Ghana has contributed personnel for PSO to include two Force Commanders; Lt Gen Erskine (first UNIFIL Force Commander) and Lt Gen Obeng.
Ghana presently has over 800 peacekeepers in Lebanon serving with the 84th Battalion, additional it has peacekeepers in South Sudan, DR Congo and Mali,” the statement said.
The statement said the Force Commander on the occasion of GHANBATT 84’s Medal Day celebration, expressed appreciation to the Ghanaian peacekeepers for their professionalism and commitment in the performance of the day to day operational activities in UNIFIL Sector West as it monitors 22kms of the Blue line.
He further commended the Command and troops for their coordinated effort with UNFIL’s strategic partners, LAF in training and operations, and for CIMIC activities that include regular water supply to Ayta Ash Sha’ab special school, health care for villages in its AOR, teaching of English Language and Physical training resulting in creating a close relation between the contingent and the local populace.
The celebrations was climaxed with a parade commanded by Maj Odumang, the Ghanbatt DCO and COO with a male and female contingent.
On parade for the first time ever in UNIFIL was the Battalion Mobile Reserve Contingent with the Armoured Personnel Carriers
He touched on the loss of Cpl Adade Mercy, and said his thoughts are with the Battalion and the family”, the statement said.
Source: Ghana News Agency