The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Rear Admiral Seth Amoama has on Thursday, 11 February 2021 cut a sod for the construction of a 2km road from the Accra Air Forces Base to the Air Forces Officers Mess.
In his remarks, the CDS said the idea to construct the service road would provide an alternative route in time of emergencies which would be easily accessed. He said it was gratifying to know that necessary security measures will be put in place to make the Air Forces Base and Burma Camp safe and better secured.
He further stated that the Air Forces Base, Accra was an enviable asset located at a strategic point, adding that, anything that affects the Base, automatically affects Burma Camp and Accra at large.
He thanked the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) for agreeing to fund the project and assured that they were not just building an access road but contributing significantly to the development of the nation.
The Base Commander, Air Commodore Joshua Mensah Larkai in his opening remarks said, the road that was constructed to link the Giffard road to the Spintex road completely cuts-off the Air Force Base Accra from Burma Camp, hence, the only accessible exit and entry road to the Base was the bridge connecting the Base to Burma Camp. He said the other accessible road to the Base for heavy machines and trucks was through the Kotoka International Airport.
He, however, said that a security assessment conducted by the base revealed that, any accident on the bridge would limit both pedestrian and vehicular access to and from the Base with the likelihood of obstructing the ability of the base to discharge its operational responsibility. This, he further said could pose severe challenges to the Base in case of emergency.
According to him, the construction of the 2km service road would not interfere with existing infrastructures because there was a futures plan to put up a VVIP Lounge adjacent to the Base therefore the road will serve as the main access road to the new lounge.
He noted that in order to increase security, the Base would ensure that the road was accessed by only authorized persons by mounting two guard posts at each end of the road along with an observation post mounted at the area close to the Agric Mechanisation.
The road is expected to be completed within six months.
Present at the ceremony were the Service Chiefs and other Senior Officers.