26-27 June 2018. Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior, led by the Chairman; Member of Parliament (MP) for Mpraeso, Hon Seth Kofi Acheampong have paid a two day working visit to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) from Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 27 June, 2018.
The visit, which was a fact finding one, was to ascertain first-hand information on GAF installations and to identify administrative and logistical shortfalls to help inform their input on the debate on governments’ budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Defence to enable it better carry out its mandate.
The tour commenced with a visit to The Square in Accra where they were received by the Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, his deputy Maj Rtd Derrick Oduro and the top hierarchy staff. The Minister presented a thorough brief on the organisation, mission, role and mandate of the ministry to the committee.
The team also visited the General Headquarters (GHQ) of GAF and were received by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, Service Chiefs and Directors General (DGs). The Members were ushered to the Hall of Generals at the Army Headquarters for briefing. The Chief Of Staff of the GAF, Rear Admiral M Beick-Baffour presented a detailed brief on the challenges of the GAF, highlighting logistics and manpower as the ultimate.
The tour also took the members of the committee to the Headquarters Southern Command at Teshie in Accra, where they met and interacted with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command, Brigadier General Thomas Oppong-Peprah and Staff Officers of the unit.
The committee members inspected ongoing building projects under the Barracks Regeneration Programme at Duala and Kpeshie Barracks, which according to Engineers on site, would be ready by February 2019 to help ease accommodation challenges of troops. They also went round parts of military lands encroached upon by civilians in the general area behind Recce Magazine in Burma camp.