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Defence Minister Commissions 128-Bed Accommodation Block for ETS

The Minister of Defence and Member of Parliament for the Bimbila Constituency in the Northern Region, Hon Dominic Nitiwul has commissioned 128-bed accommodation block for the Engineer Training School (ETS) on Thursday, 16 January 2020 at Teshie.

The housing facility which costs GHC4.3 million was fully funded by the German government through the German Armed Forces Technical Advisory Group (GAFTAG) as part of its equipment aid programme to security services in Africa.

Additionally, GAFTAG also donated a 30-seater Mitsubishi Coaster Bus to the school to facilitate movement of students and also installed a new heavy duty machines for the Wood Construction Department of the school.

The 128-bed accommodation block consists of 16 rooms, industrial kitchen and a dining hall. It also has a drain-water facility and a five thousand kilograms industrial gas cylinder.

The construction which was undertaken by Addlat ventures began on July 10, 2018 and was completed on January 8, 2020.

The Guest of Honour, the Defence Minister, Hon Dominic Nitiwul stated that for the 28 years of its existence as a training institution, the greater support in terms of infrastructure and equipment that the school has had, has been from the Federal Government of Germany, through the German Armed Forces Technical Advisory Group.

This he noted was, as a result of bilateral relations that commenced in 2002 between the Ghana Armed Forces, the German Government and the German Armed Forces with the aim of providing logistical and construction support for peacekeeping effort especially in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region.

He said with the construction of the new edifice, the school can now comfortably accommodate all students with effect from the first quarter of the year. This he said would greatly improve the management and administration of the students and overall tuition amongst others and possibly open the way for the students from sister Armed Forces in the ECOWAS sub-region to attend courses here in Ghana.

The ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ghana, Mr Christoph Retzlaff said Ghana would be a major beneficiary of projects proposed by the German Parliament to be implemented in Africa.

He said the facility symbolized the strong partnership between GAFTAG and GAF and also would further boast the bilateral trade between the Federal Republic of Germany and Ghana which has been strengthen over the years.

Dignitaries present at the event were the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Akwa, the Service Chiefs, Commandants MATS Major Gen William Omane Agyekum and Commandants GAFCSC Rear Admiral Beick Baffour.