The all-female contingent from the Ghana Army took over from the all-male Ghana Air Force contingent that had provided guard at the presidency over the past three months.
The changeover ceremony of the presidential guard, the first for the year took place at the forecourt of the Flagstaff House Wednesday.
It also coincided with the 2nd anniversary of Mr John Dramani Mahama’s presidency.
Traditionally devoid of speeches, the brief ceremony was attended by the President; the Vice President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Ammissah-Arthur; the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood; the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho; ministers of state, members of the diplomatic corps and other members of the society.
The guard changing ceremony
The presidential guard changing at the Flagstaff House was instituted on May 5, 2013, and is conducted with 20 each of old and new guards from different Services/ Regiments of the Army, Navy and Air Force, Escort contingent, Corps of Drums and National/Regimental Colours, under the command of a Captain in the Army or the equivalent from the other services.
Generally, the significance of the event include ensuring alertness and readiness at all times, ensuring availability and serviceability of all equipment at all times, and assessing the strength of the soldiers for duty.
Within the Ghana Armed Forces, the relevance of the ceremony include embracing unity in diversity and instilling discipline in personnel.
On arrival at the ceremonial grounds at 10am, the national anthem was played after which the President inspected a Guard of Honour mounted by the outgoing and incoming guards.