The Vice President and Chairman of the Ghana Armed Forces Council, HE Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that government has released an amount of GH?600 million for the upgrading of the barracks roads project in all garrisons across the country.
He made this known during a sod cutting ceremony at the forecourt of the General Headquarters Civilian Establishment in Burma Camp, Accra on Friday 22 May 2020.
The Vice President said the project was aimed at improving the road network within the various garrisons of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). He mentioned that government was aware of the numerous challenges GAF was faced with which included poor road network within the barracks, inadequate and poor state of accommodation facilities and obsolete equipment. He assured that government would continue to address these challenges to benefit personnel and GAF.
To this end, he said this marked the beginning of the inner road constructions such as Emetts road, GHQ/DI road, Juba Terrace, GAFI road, Records/Pay Office car park, Adjetey circus, and Services road. Others he mentioned were the MT Battalion yard/MT School road, Douala barracks road, Navy@50 car park/road, Recce/64 Barracks road and the Burma Villas road. All in Burma Camp. He noted that the various roads would be constructed with modern traffic lights and urged contractors to ensure a high quality of work.
He took the opportunity to acknowledge the commitment of the Ministry of Roads and Highways for starting the project in 2016, in some of the garrisons such as the Myohaung Barracks and Air Force Base in Takoradi, Uaddara Barracks and Central Command in Kumasi, Kamina and Bawa Barracks in Tamale as well as Volta Barracks in Ho. Dr Bawumia reiterated the President’s commitment to retool the GAF in all sectors. He recalled that the President’s recent commissioning of the Douala Barracks Accommodation Complex in Burma Camp formed part of the Barracks Regeneration Project.
In his remarks, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon Kwasi Amoako-Atta estimated that the upgrading would cover 250km of roads in all garrisons across the country. He added that the phases of works to be undertaken included sectional repairs of bad roads, upgrading from an unpaved road to a bituminous surface, widening of the carriageway, strengthening of all pavement and sectional drainage, asphaltic overlay of major and selected roads, double bituminous surfacing, and road line markings.
Hon Kwasi Amoako-Atta assured the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) to draw the attention of Government through his Ministry on stretches of roads not covered after they have completed the upgrading in the garrisons.
He recognized the role of the 48 Engineer Regiment, especially, in the construction of quality bridges and noted that the Ministry was in constant collaboration with the regiment which he said had secured the Unit a permanent office in the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
The Defence Minister, Hon Dominic Nitiwul and CDS, Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa were very appreciative to the President and C-in-C of the GAF commitment to improve upon the living conditions of troops and their families.
Present at the ceremony were the Minister for Interior, Hon Ambrose Dery, the Service Chiefs, FSM and Chief Director.