The President of Ghana and Commander in Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated his determination to retool the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to make it a formidable fighting force in the global sphere.
Speaking at a ceremony to commission 33 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC’s), 3 water tankers, 1 refrigeration van, 1 recovery truck and 41 assorted Toyota vehicles to the GAF on Thursday 5 December 2019 in Burma Camp, the C-in-C indicated that his government would equip the GAF with modern equipment to help solve the perennial logistical challenge, and also improve the welfare of its personnel.
President Akufo-Addo added that the gesture was in fulfillment of a pledge he made during the 2018 West Africa Soldiers Social Activity (WASSA) at the General Headquarters earlier in the year. He however encouraged healthy collaboration between GAF and other sister security agencies to enhance peace and security in the country.
For his part, the Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul remarked that, plans were far advanced to procure superior assets such as Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV’s) and trainer aircrafts for the Ghana Navy and Air Force respectively, to augment the strength of Ghana’s sea and air fleet.
He added that government had initiated the construction of a $100million military housing project across all garrisons and the legal instrument (LI 1332) which seeks to change the length of service of other ranks of the GAF has been approved and passed by parliament into law in line with the career progression plan of personnel.