Force Commander commends Ghanaian contigent in UNOCI

SoldiersThe Force Commander (FC) of United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Maj. Gen. Mohammed Iqbal Asi, has commended the Ghanaian contingent (Ghancon) for exhibiting professionalism, excellence, dedication, selfless sacrifices and above all courage throughout their tour of duty.

He said they deserved the peace medals in recognition of their efforts and urged them to wear them with pride and continue with their good works.

Maj. Gen. Iqbal Asi made these commendations as the Reviewing Officer at Ghancon’s Medals Presentation Parade on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Bondoukou Camp, Cote d’Ivoire.

A total number of 498 men and women, that is 349 from Ghanaian Battalion (Ghanbatt 17), commanded by Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Charles Adu-Brempong, 56 from Ghana Level II hospital (Ghanmed 9) commanded by Colonel Michael Akwasi Yeboah Agyepong and 93 from Ghana Aviation Unit (GHAV 13) commanded by Wing Commander (Wg Cdr) Joshua Mensah Larkai in UNOCI were decorated with medals.

Maj. Gen. Iqbal Asi further stated that Ghancon was a reliable, strong and supportive member of the UNOCI family, which, in its various areas of responsibility, had endeavored to work hard to win the hearts and minds of the population at large.

He was delighted that aside the mainstream military duties, Ghancon had also reached out to the people in their Area of Responsibility (AOR) through various humanitarian services such as the provision of regular medical assistance, outreach programmes and the provision of potable water to areas and communities that were in need of water.

Maj. Gen. Iqbal Asi expressed gratitude for the cordial working relations that existed between Ghancon and the other Impartial Forces, the National Security Forces and the local authorities in the AOR and the general populace.

Present were the Ghanaian medals day delegation led by Air vice Marshall Christian Edem Kobla Dovlo, Ghana’s Defence Attache to Cote d’Ivoire, Commodore Kojo Osei-Sarfo,

Deputy Sector East Commander, Colonel Abdellah Chemsi, Prefect of Bondouku, Mr. Germain Francois Goun, Heads of local security forces, Impartial Forces and other invited guests.

Source: Daily Graphic

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