Veep Warns Soldiers Over Social Media

Vice-President Dr. Bawumia

The Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia,
has admonished the leadership of Ghana’s military to intensify education of
young officers on the proper use of social media and its negative side
effects. 

“I urge both senior and junior
leadership in the Ghana Navy and the Ghana Armed Forces to continuously and
consistently intensify awareness and education of the young officers and
sailors you command on the proper use of social media, as well as its negative
side effects,” he stressed. 

Speaking at a parade by the Ghana
Navy at the Sekondi Naval Base on Friday as part of the 60th anniversary
celebration of the Ghana Navy, the Vice-President said the negative effects of
social media had to do with its potential for spreading false news, propaganda
and fear which could undermine organizational, societal and national cohesion
and stability. 

He said it was unfortunate
that some Ghanaians, including officers of the law, had unwittingly been dragged
into its use for negative purposes.   

“As disciplined officers and ratings, soldiers should not allow themselves to be drawn into such category of social media users,” he said.

“I also urge all soldiers to be
mindful of and circumspect in the use of social media in a manner that is inconsistent
with, or in breach of the Code of Service Discipline,” he added. 

He said “Ghanaians celebrate your
(military) dedication and professionalism in performing your core naval
functions,” and added that the Ghana Navy had not only demonstrated naval
excellence but also contributed significantly to the country’s socio-economic
development. 

“The Ghana Navy had effectively
maintained and secured the country’s maritime domain which had spurred on
vigorous socio-economic activities at sea, including the country’s successful
offshore oil and gas exploration,” he added.

Challenges 

The Vice-President said government
was aware of the various challenges faced by the Navy, prominent among them
being the lack of adequate accommodation for both officers and ratings, as well
as the poor technical state of ships. 

“I can assure you that plans are
underway by government to put up both residential and office accommodation for
the Navy and the Ghana Armed Forces as a whole,” he said, adding “government is
making frantic efforts to adequately address the technical challenges faced by
the ships to improve their operational readiness and capability.”

The Vice-President
disclosed that very soon he would cut the sod for the commencement of the
construction of a Forward Operating Base at Ezilinbo in the Jomoro District of
the Western Region. 

Besides, he revealed that they were
planning to acquire two Offshore Patrol Vessels with helicopter decks to
improve the operational capability of the Navy. 

The 60th anniversary of the Ghana Navy is on the theme: “Celebrating Sixty Years of Naval Excellence: Securing the Maritime Domain for National Development”.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Sekondi 



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