The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa has cut sod for the commencement of the construction of Army Officers’ Transit Accommodation at the Arakan Officers’ Mess in Burma Camp on Thursday, 14 May 2020.
The accommodation facility which will consists of four (4) executive rooms, sixteen (16) standard rooms, a swimming pool, a restaurant, a conference room and a multi-purpose courtyard is scheduled to be completed in twelve months by the Ghana Army in partnership with Mayfair Estate Limited and McDan Shipping Company Limited.
Lt Gen OB Akwa, stated in his speech that, the construction of the transit accommodation would go a long way to help solve most of the accommodation challenges the Ghana Army Officers were faced with. He therefore described the project as timely given the increasing number of young officers in the Service.
Lt Gen Akwa emphasised “This will be a monumental addition to the stock of housing of the Ghana Armed Forces, in general, and the Army, in particular.” He also opined that the facility will be useful in providing suitable accommodation for outstation Army Officers detailed for operational and administrative duties in Accra. He encouraged the monitoring and supervisory committee to do a diligent work to ensure that the project was completed on schedule and within budget.
The CDS stated that though the Ghana Armed Forces was earnestly fighting in Operation Covid
Safety to stop the spread of the virus, it was imperative to step up developmental projects for the military at the same time. He therefore commended the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah for his vision and influence in seeing to the commencement of the construction of Soldiers’ transit accommodation at the Arakan Barracks in Burma Camp among other important projects.
Lt Gen OB Akwa also applauded the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces for the recent commissioning of accommodation units for Soldiers at the New Duala Barracks. He also disclosed High Command’s efforts at addressing the challenges facing both Officers and Men of the Ghana Armed Forces. The CDS called on friends of the Military, cooperate bodies and individuals to partner the Armed Forces to develop its infrastructure as Central Government alone cannot do it.
The occasion was graced by the Service Chiefs, Formation Commanders, Directors General, the CEOs of Mayfair Estate Limited and McDan Shipping Company as well some officers of the Ghana Army.