GHANA BROADCASTING CORPORATION/GHANA NEWS AGENCY
(compiled 17 January, 2013)
Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi on Monday took his new appointment in Juba as the Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS. Major General Sakyi succeeds Major General Moses Bisong Obi of Nigeria,who completed his assignment last year
Since January 2012, Major General Sakyi has been the Assistant Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Junior Division. It said he previously served as Commander of the Army Combat Training School.
Between 1979 and 2011, Major General Sakyi held command positions from platoon to brigade level and staff positions in the Ghana Armed Forces and operational-level headquarters. He served the United Nations Operation in
Côte d’Ivoire as the Abidjan Sector Commander in 2008 and Commander of the Ghana contingent in several peacekeeping missions, namely the Second United Nations Emergency Force in 1979; the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon in 1986 and 1993; the United Nations Protection Force in 1995; the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group in both Liberia and Sierra Leone from 1998 to 1999. According to the statement the new Force Commander previously served the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2002 to 2003.
Major General Sakyi holds a Bachelor degree(Honours)in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, a graduate of Senior Command and Staff Course, Command and Staff College, Army High Command Course, Army Command College, Nanjing, China and the ECOWAS Senior Mission Leaders Course, National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria.
Major General Sakyi was born in 1954 and is married with three children.
On his first day in office the new Commander pledged to approach his
responsibilities with total commitment to ensure that the troops support the Republic of South Sudan with professionalism,discipline and good ethics.
UNMISS was established on the 8th of July 2011 and has a current strength of
about six thousand six hundred troops.