The President of the Republic and the Commander-In-Chief (C-In-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said government is poised in ensuring that all security agencies are well resourced to enable them perform their duties.
The President said this on Thursday, 20 February 2020 in Parliament when he delivered the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA). The address is in accordance with Article 67 of the Constitution which states that; “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before dissolution of Parliament, deliver to Parliament a message on the state of the nation.”
President Akufo-Addo stated the GAF continued to perform creditably in discharging its duty of defending the territorial integrity of the country. According to the President, the government had retooled and equipped the GAF to keep it in the desired state of combat readiness. He continued that when the government amended LI 1332, and extended the run-out date from twenty (25) years to thirty (30) years for the ‘Other Ranks’, it led to the creation of new ranks within the structures of the GAF, and to a subsequent rationalisation of wages and salaries for all ranks within the GAF.
The President added that government was tackling the long-standing housing problem that the GAF was faced with and revealed that over five hundred million cedis (GH¢500 million) was being invested in housing projects of varying sizes for the Men and Women of the GAF, and in refurbishing the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) in Teshie.
The Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces stated further that soldiers had been active along the northern borders to protect the country since the eruption of terrorist activities in Burkina Faso. They had also been working with their police counterpart since July 2017 in Operation Vanguard, which was set up to deal with the activities of illegal miners.
The President noted that Operation Vanguard had been largely successful since mining on water bodies and in forest reserves had declined. According to the President, Operation Vanguard had been particularly effective in helping to restore order which had permitted the reopening of the famous Obuasi mine of Anglogold Ashanti.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said government was also procuring helicopters for the Ghana Police Service. He said this forms part of efforts to resource the police service well enough to fight crime. He further charged the top hierarchy of the police service to work hard and restore public confidence in the law enforcement body.
Still on security, the President reported that Dagbon was gradually regaining her self-confidence, and wished the kingdom the goodwill, patience and tolerance to continue the healing process, and grow from strength to strength.
Present were the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, Chairperson, Council of State, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Members of the Council of State, Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen OB Akwa, the Inspector General of Police, Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, and Service Chiefs. Also present were former Presidents of the Republic, their Excellencies Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor, former First Lady, Her Excellency Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, and Members of the Diplomatic Corps.