By: KALD|MyKuulFMonline.com| September 13, 2017
Soldiers and their civilian counterparts at the 66 Artillery Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces in Ho on Tuesday bid farewell to Lieutenant Colonel Selorm Kwesi Amengor, the immediate past Commanding Officer (CO) of the unit.
Lt. Col. Amengor who has been in charge of the Regiment for close to four years, is replaced by Lt. Col. Bernard Baba Pantoah, a former Artillery Battery Commander of the 66 artillery Regiment.
A colourful handing over parade at the Volta barracks in Ho; saw the outgone CO, Lt. Col. Amengor presenting the Regimental flag and baton of command to his successor, Lt. Col. Pantoah, to signify a change in command of regiment.
The ceremony known in military parlance as the ‘pull out’, was witnessed by dignitaries including, the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa and his Deputy, Mr. Maxwell Blagodzi, Mr. Francis Nyonyo, the Volta Region Representative on the Council of State, Traditional leaders from the Asogli state, as well as members of the Regional security council and heads of decentralized departments in the region.
Delivering his farewell speech, Lt. Col. Amengor expressed gratitude to personnel of the regiment for the unflinching support they gave him in the discharge of his duties, adding that their collective efforts ensured the attainment of number of positive results under his tenure.
He mentioned the refurbishment of some structures at the unit to be use as lecture hall for the training of artillery courses; expansion in the production capacity of the unit’s Sachet Water factory, improvement of facilities at the barracks’ swimming pool, which boosted revenue inflows to the Regiment.
Lt. Col. Amengor in underscoring the need for total peace in the region, also enumerated the number of joint Civil/Military operations undertaken by the Regiment, to ensure peace and security at conflict hotspots, as well as combat crime on parts of the region.
“Other operations being undertaken by the Regiment include, the provision of security at the Bank of Ghana branch at Hohoe, collaborating with the Forestry Commission in clamping down on illegal chainsaw activities and partnering with the police to combat armed robbery especially in Ho and Aflao,” he espoused and assured his successor not count on the absolute loyalty of personnel of the regiment.
“You are going to command men, women and civilian employees who are loyal, hard working, committed and professional.”
The Guest of honour, Brigadier General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, who is the General Officer Commanding the Southern Command of the Armed Forces, extolled the dedication and zeal with which Lt. Col. Amengor discharged his mandate as the 15th commanding officer of artillery regiment.
“I am happy to note that, you worked tirelessly to ensure that the Regiment was positioned in a better stead to play its assigned role with the Ghana Army. Your steadfastness and determination to succeed in the midst of operational and administrative challenges are worth mentioning,” he posited.
He therefore charged the new commanding officer, Lt. Col. Pantoah to continue on the strong foundation laid by the predecessors, as he assured him of the continuous support of the Southern Command in improving conditions at the regiment.
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Lt. Col. Pantoah was commissioned into the Armed Forces in 1999 who by dint of hard, rose through the ranks. Prior to his new appointment, he served as a Military Adviser with the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) in Dakar, Senegal.
He also served as a Directing Staff at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, at Teshie-Accra, among other local and international military missions.