The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama on Wednesday 12 January 2022 commissioned a newly completed 16 unit accommodation block at the Duala Barracks in Burma Camp. The works form part of the Military High Command’s efforts to tackle the long-standing accommodation deficit faced within the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

The CDS in his address recounted that the Government of Ghana and the Military High Command have intensified efforts to alleviate the acute accommodation shortage faced within GAF through the Barracks Regeneration Project and the Armed Forces Housing Project.

He reiterated that a similar 64 Unit Accommodation Project was commissioned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2020 at Duala Barracks. Additionally, 20 Unit versions were commissioned at Kamina and Bawa Barracks in Tamale.

Vice Admiral Amoama revealed that preceding these interventions was the SSNIT Housing Project which commenced in 2007 with a loan facility arranged between the Ministry of Defence and SSNIT to ease accommodation challenges. He however added that funding challenges brought the projects to a standstill in 2009.

He disclosed that since he assumed office, it has been his vision together with the Military High Command to intensify efforts to completed ongoing housing projects in the various Garrisons. This, he said formed the basis for the Quick Impact Projects Initiative to complete stalled projects across the various Garrisons. He further revealed that 100 Quick Impact Projects were 95% completed and have been occupied by personnel. “We are working hard through the Ministry of Defence to ensure that most accommodation units of the SSNIT Housing Project are sequentially completed for personnel” he said.

Vice Admiral Amoama indicated that the projects will go a long way to augment the efforts being made by the government to reduce accommodation problems of troops to boost their morale and operational readiness. He then advised personnel to cultivate a good maintenance culture to ensure that the structure serves its intended purpose.

CDS commended the efforts of the contractors who constructed the edifice, Messrs Samrack Ltd, Messrs Cejay Ltd and the consultants Messrs Knak Design Partnership for their continuous commitment towards the completion of the project.