The Chanaian Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, on Monday (13 January) reviewed a spectacular military parade in Accra, marking the third anniversary of rule by the National Redemption Council.
GV Col. Acheampong arrives in motor-cade and walking to rostrum
SV Acheampong and officers saluting for national anthem
SV Guests and military officers at attention (4 shots)
GV PAN ACROSS Parade ground as Colonel inspects guard (2 shots)
SV Colonel waving to crowd from jeep
SV Aircraft fly over as armoured vehicles parade (3 shots)
SV & CU Acheampong saluting (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Troops march past reviewing stand
CU Acheampong speaking
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ.9): ACHEAMPONG: "Even the wealthier and more developed nations have been hit, so severely hit, that their leaders are turning to tough and stringent measures aimed at curbing inflation and minimising the attendant recessionary trends in their various countries. It might be noted that some of these countries have introduced petrol rationing and severely restricted weekend motoring. In others, the supply of items such as sugar and bread has been seriously affected. In the face of these facts, the plight of the developing nations like Ghana and other African and Asian countries is both to be expected and understandable."
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Background: The Chanaian Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, on Monday (13 January) reviewed a spectacular military parade in Accra, marking the third anniversary of rule by the National Redemption Council. The military-based council took control of the country after the Progressive Party Government of Dr. Kofi Busia was deposed in a bloodless coup.
The parade, watched by thousands of wildly cheering people, was held in Accra's Independence Square. On the ground, Army, Navy, support services and border guards showed off their military might. And in the air, squadrons of Ghanaian Air Force aircraft -- including helicopters -- flew past as the Colonel took the salute.
The celebrations in Independence Square were followed by a march through the principal streets of the capital. There were parades in Ghana's main centres, where the salutes were taken by the Regional Commissioners.
At the Accra parade, Colonel Acheampong addressed the crowd and revealed that attempts to undermine the armed forces had been discovered last year....and thwarted. He spoke of the problem of inflation which faces the country in the years to come.