Brigadier General Pascal Facon calls on COAS

By L/CPL Ardayfio J & Rachel Lokkossou (INTERN)

16 June 2016.   The Commanding Officer of French Forces Deployed in Senegal (EFS), Brigadier General Pascal Facon, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei at the Army Headquarters in Burma Camp on Thursday 16 June, 2016.

The aim of the visit was to discuss military relations between the two countries and the mandate of the French Forces in Senegal and its consequences on the West African Region.   High on the agenda for discussion was the technical cooperation between the French Forces and member states of ECOWAS in the areas of trans-border issues, maritime security including finding solutions to piracy, money laundering and terrorism.

Major Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei, acknowledged that terrorism has attracted a lot of attention in the Region and become a global threat; therefore, there was the need for a global effort to subdue the threat.

He added that the actions of these terrorist groups does not only rest on the affected countries, but has rippling effects on the entire world.  It was therefore imperative for drastic measures to be put in place to curb the situation.

COAS on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) pledged the Ghana Armed Forces unflinching support in the fight against all global threats and entreated the French Armed Forces to rekindle the training and scholarship programmes awarded Ghanaian Military personnel to enhance their capabilities.

Brig Gen Facon was accompanied by the French ambassador to Ghana, HE Fransois Pujocas.