Mrs Kingsley-Nyinah (left), AFCG President presenting the items to Mrs. Victoria Kessie
Mrs Kingsley-Nyinah (left), AFCG President presenting the items to Mrs. Victoria Kessie

The Armed Forces Children?s Association of Ghana (AFCAG) has presented items worth GH? 3,000 to three basic schools under the Garrison Education Centre in the Western Region.

Mrs Kingsley-Nyinah (left), AFCG President presenting the items to Mrs. Victoria Kessie
Mrs Kingsley-Nyinah (left), AFCG President presenting the items to Mrs. Victoria Kessie

The items which include toiletries, clothing, books and a bag of sugar were presented by Mrs. Marina Kingsley-Nyinah, AFCAG President, during a tour of the Western Region by executives of the Association.

The visit took the delegation to the Central Preparatory, Air Force Complex and Air Force Junior High School, with the aim of introducing the Association to the Region as well as raising awareness on the significance of the poppy.

Addressing the students, Mrs. Kingsley- Nyinah said the group was made up of children of both commissioned and non-commissioned officers, both serving and retired, of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

?Today war continues to range around the world and as well taking place in different levels; the devastating effect of war is clear for all to see, hence we are here to enlighten the importance of war not being an option,? she said.

Mrs. Kingsley-Nyinah said as this year marks the 100 years since the 1st World War, ?where our fathers and forefathers bravely put themselves forward, the poppy should serve as an icon that imprints the memories of valiant servicemen?.

On the significance of the poppy colours, the President said to the Association the Black represented the people, and the Red is a bold reminder that several of our brave warriors paid ultimate price, as such there was a need to wear the poppy to honour them.

Mrs. Kingsley-Nyinah, who is a daughter of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshall John Odaate- Barnor, said the initiative of donating or supporting veterans and all who had suffered as a result of war, should not be done only on special occasions such as remembrance day, rather it should be continual.

In an interview, she said the Association would create that awareness on the need to share and assist veterans and also urged all to invest in children and added ?let?s pay attention to our children; to save their future.?

Receiving the items on behalf of the Two Garrison Education Officer, Mrs. Victoria Kessie, Headmistress of Central Preparatory, expressed gratitude to AFCAG.

Capt Nana Yaw Dako, Two Garrison Education Officer, Takoradi, he suggested to the Association to institute a scholarship package for children of veterans who were not able to cater for their children as well as for children of parents died during the war.

He said there was supervision and monitoring of schools to improve academic performance in schools under the 2 Garrison Education Unit.

AFCAG also visited the regional branch of the Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG) and donated toiletries, clothing and a bag of sugar.

Warrant Officer One Addoboah Samuels, Chairman of Takoradi VAG, said members were worried about how the society had neglected them especially on health basis, adding that ?some have to sometimes borrow money for transportation to Accra, to seek medical care.?

He complained that, some Veterans were being frustrated and denied drugs with the reason their pension allowance was not sufficient.

He appealed to the government to support veterans to buy drugs and called for support for widows whose husbands were veterans since majority of them could not cater for their children.

The AFCAG, established in 201, has over 2000 members; with a common goal of networking among children of serving and retired officers of GAF ,sharing talents and experience, to help Veterans and the less privileged in the society.

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