President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut-sod for the commencement of work for the construction of a 100 million US dollar military housing project and reconstruction of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) at a short ceremony at GMA,Teshie on Thursday 4 July 2019.
The 100 million US dollar loan facility will facilitate the construction of a 176 two-bedroom flats, 162 bedroom half compound, a Military Hospital with 240 self-contained blocks, and a Platoon Commanders Block containing 42 bedroom flats.
The project will also include the construction of a Military Academy Auditorium with 640 seating capacity, a Storey Classroom and Administration blocks with 48 offices and a Conference Room as well as the construction of a fence wall for the GMA.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said he was saddened by the lingering problem of inadequate housing confronting the security services particularly GAF, noting that it was unacceptable for Senior Military Officers to be allocated residential accommodation originally meant for Junior Officers with the latter in worse conditions.
The President stressed that the infrastructural needs of officers and men of GAF forms part of government’s mandate in engaging in a number of housing projects to reduce accommodation issues faced in the military through the Barracks Regeneration Policy.
The C-in-C charged the Chinese contractors, Poly Technologies and Poly Chandal Overseas Engineering Company Limited, to work diligently for the successful completion of the project to enable the military have access to the facilities within the stipulated period.
On his part, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Mr Shi Ting Wang mentioned that the friendship ties between China and Ghana and the latter’s Defence Ministry will further deepen their cooperation in defence and human resource for national development.