A citation, which was presented to him by the former Chief of Defence Staff Rear Admiral Matthew Quashie, read ”…Through diligence, determination, dedication and the desire for academic and professional excellence helped achieve outstanding and tremendous results to rise through to the enviable rank of the Ghana Naval Command.”
Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, the Chief of Naval Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces
”You also demonstrated a high level of leadership exhibition throughout your career to the admiration of many”.

He was also given a 78 inch state- of- the- art Samsung plasma TV, an Art work titled the Blue Storm while his wife had a Naval gold Jewellery.

Rear Admiral Biekro’s achievement included the building of an ultra modern Naval Headquarters, the establishment of the Naval Training Command and the 368 Amandi Barracks Project in Tema.

Others are the renovation of the Ghana Navy stores depot in Takoradi, new Ultra-Modern Mechanical Transport (MT) yard and an Ultra-Modern Multi Purpose Court Sports Complex at the Naval Base in Sekondi.

As a mark of honour, the Naval Training Command at Agorta near Sogakope and the Auditorium of the Naval Headquarters Complex has been named after him, as Biekro Barracks and Rear Admiral Biekro Hall respectively.

Addressing the gathering the outgone Chief of Naval Staff said: “today does not just mark an almost three-year stint as the Chief of Naval Staff but a culmination of over 40 wonderful years of a very distinguished, meritorious and highly successful career in the Ghana Navy.”

”As I check my kit, lay down my tools and take a bow, I would like to thank the Almighty God for bringing me this far and for providing me the wisdom, knowledge, understanding and strength to be visionary leader that I have been to the Navy,” he said.

”I would like to seize this opportunity to thank the President of the Republic of Ghana and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, for the unique opportunity he gave me to serve as the Chief of the Naval Staff under his administration”.

He expressed gratitude to Dr Benjamin Kumbour, Minister for Defence for his support as well as the Chief of Defence Staff, and Colleague Service Commanders for their counsel and leadership.

Rear Admiral Peter Faidoo, the new Chief of Naval Staff, said he considered it a privilege to take up the mantle from Rear Admiral Biekro, who had laid a solid foundation that would make it difficult for him to go wrong.

”For this, I owe you a debt of gratitude, and I am eternally grateful.”

”I shall endeavour to provide honest, transparent, accountable and professional leadership so that, together, we can continue to move our Beloved Navy forward, God being our guide and helper,” he added.

GNA

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