2 August 2018. The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has inaugurated an eleven (11) member Regulations Review Board to undertake the review of the laws, regulations and related documents governing the institution on Thursday 2 August, 2018 in Burma camp, Accra.
The board which is chaired by Col Benjamin Amoah-Boakye comprises Lt Col D Mensah- Gorman representing the legal Department of the General Headquarters, with Lt Col B Chittor and Lt Col B Kwao-Adotey representing the Army Headquarters. Lt Commander RA Renner represented the Naval Headquarters while Sqn Ldr LME Boakye represented the Air-Force Headquarters with Maj B Khemchand serving as a female representative.
The other members are the Sergeant Major of the Army; Master Warrant Officer Addo Daniel representing other ranks with Ms Baah Dora and Juliet Boabang representing the Civilian Establishment, while Flt Lt LF Wilson is a member and Secretary of the Board.
In a speech read on behalf of the Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, the Deputy Minister for Defence; Honourable Derek Oduro charged the board to review the laws and regulations of the institution to the changing trends of the society. “Laws are thus expected to be living and dynamic in the sense that they should be able to vary over time to reflect the new and changing circumstances in the society,” he mentioned.
He advised that the laws and regulations needed to be synchronised with contemporary trends, be in conformity with best practices around the world and in consonance with the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. He added that the review should reflect the peculiarity of the Armed Forces and also rid it of obnoxious provisions which outlived their usefulness.
He also entreated the personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces to support the board by providing suggestions on areas that required amendments in the form of repeal, modifications, and replacements amongst others.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen OB Akwa highlighted that some efforts were made to amend some policies and regulations; however, there was the need for proper collation and documentation for easy reference and application.
He clarified that the rich tradition bequeathed them needed to be maintained, improved and handed over to the next generation. He therefore urged the board to work diligently on all operational, administration, legal and logistics issues to address emerging trends.
The Chairman of the Armed Forces Regulations Review Board, Col Benjamin Amoah-Boakye thanked the Military High Command for the obligation.
He indicated that the board had sought the services of the Former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice VCRAC Crabbe as the lead consultant for the review. He added that other stakeholders including the Attorney’s General Department, Law Reform Commission, the Judicial Service, an advisory and technical team amongst others would be consulted for an extensive review.
The Lead Consultant, Former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice VCRAC Crabbe, Chairman of the Veterans Administration Ghana, Maj Gen CB Yaache, Service Chiefs, Chief Of Staff, Commandants, Formation Commanders, Directors General and Directors among others were present to grace the occasion.