Apremdo (W/R), Nov. 4, GNA – Lieutenant Colonel Abass Atuluk has taken over the reins of leadership as the new Commanding Officer (CO) of the 2nd Battalion of Infantry (2BN) at Apremdo near Takoradi in the Western Region.
He replaces Colonel Emmanuel Opare Nyante, who now moves to the Kofi Annan International Peace-Keeping Training Centre in Accra.
The service organised a colourful ceremony-parade to pull Col. Nyante out of the Two Infantry Battalion in line with military custom of bidding him farewell.
Brigadier General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command, praised the outgoing CO for his exemplary leadership and achievements within his short stay at the 2BN.
He said the Southern Command could always count on the Great Second Battalion in responding to emergencies such as natural disasters, preparing for contingencies, confronting criminal network and disrupting their modus of operating.
“We can allude to Operation SAFE, Operation CALM LIFE, Operation HALT and recently contributing troops to Operation VANGUARD efforts and your taken part in international Peace Keeping Operations to promote rule of law and democratic principles and help strengthen professional militaries that respect human rights”, he indicated.
He said the unit’s accomplishments had come under the exceptional leadership of Colonel Emmanuel Opare Nyante, the outgoing CO.
Brigadier General Oppong-Peprah continued “Colonel Nyante took over Command of 2BN in April last year. Despite the short anticipated stay, he committed himself fully to contributing to the operational, administration and logistics demands of the unit”.
He said the outgoing CO built a legacy of leadership and integrity among the officers, men and women under his command and harnessed resources to achieve specific aims with understanding dexterity and also had strong relationship with the unit’s corporate partners.
Brigadier Oppong-Peprah said as a result of the exemplary leadership of the outgoing CO, he managed to achieve some success including the reconstruction of a cookhouse to the standard of a first class restaurant, construction of a borehole to improve on water supply, construction of an operational complex, christened ‘Akwa Complex’ which was first of its kind in the Ghana Armed Forces.
The Colonel Nyante also constructed a modern car park to be fitted with solar panel roofing, initiated the construction of a 3-bedroom, 24 unit, 3 storey accommodation, renovated the some housing unit and the officers’ mess.
During his tenure, he was able to expand the unit’s oil palm plantation by 77 acres, procured set of sports kits for both troops and civilian employees as well as their wives and collaborated with the University of Cape Coast to run a course, Military Geospatial Engineering, among others.
Brigadier Oppong Peprah urged the officers to give Lt Col Atuluk same support to advance on the progress of the out gone Commanding Officer.
Meanwhile, Colonel Nyante had express gratitude to the Military High Command for giving him the opportunity to command the great unit
He called on the men and women of the unit to continue to make 2BN proud wherever they found themselves.