Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia this morning reviewed the ceremonial change of guard at the Jubilee House in Accra.

This is the first time the Vice President has performed this task as it is normally executed by the the President.

The ceremonial parade which is an old tradition inherited from the British during the period of colonialism has for over hundred years remained the foundation of battle of discipline in all armies.

The ceremony, a quarterly event, is similar to that of the Buckingham Palace. Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia witnessed the ceremony for the first time as the Reviewing Officer.

The significance of the Guard changing is to ensure alertness and readiness of the the men in uniform at all times. It is also to assess the strength of the Soldiers for duty among others.

The Ghana Navy takes over guard duties from the Ghana Army for the next three months. The Ghana Army was in charge of Guard duties until the ceremony today. The new guards performed some drills to the delight of their audience.

The ceremony was witnessed by Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, the Minister of Defense, Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, service cheifs and top government functionaries, as well as school children from Noble Professional Institute, Go-Smart International School, Kingfisher International School and Jacinta International School.

The rest of the schools represented are Fathers Legacy, Pentecost School and also the CEO of Page of Royals Company limited, Benjamin Nii Amo Dodoo a school drop out who defied all odds and employed his entrepreneurial skills which birthed the popular, Awo Komi.

The old Guard Commander, Emmanuel of the Ghana Army handed over duties to the new Guard Commander Lieutenant General Ghana Navy James Robert Agong.

Story by Mercy Darko

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