GAF Allowances $1 dollar increment 'insulting' - Soldiers

Some angry troops have told Pulse.com.gh that they feel insulted by the $1 increment a day.

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Some officers of the Ghana Armed Forces have expressed anger with President John Mahama’s decision to increase their allowances by $1 a day.

Ghanaian troops on peacekeeping receive $30 a day. This means they will now take $31 a day.

But some angry troops have told Pulse.com.gh that they feel insulted by the $1 increment a day.

"He [Mahama] is telling us that he has adjusted the thing to us. It is an insult to us. The thing is 30 dollars a day. The feeling is anger amongst us. He shouldn’t have even brought it up in the first place. The army is not permitted to go on demonstration. They are pushing people to rebel  That is the discussion we are having here,” a source who preferred to remain anonymous told Pulse.com.gh.

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But the Director of Public relations of the GAF, Colonel Aggrey-Quashie said government is not to be blamed, as it the UN that gives the increment, which in turn is distributed to the troops.

“The issue is, how much was the increment from the UN? It is the UN that gives the money and government pays. The UN gave a increment of 32 dollars, and then the government gives all the money to you, because if it is 1 dollar a day, it goes to 31 dollars a month,” he told Pulse.com.gh.

Lieutenant Colonel Aggrey-Quashie  believes the troops do not have “the details of what has transpired. Maybe if they had asked their Commanders they will explain to them why it is like that.”

Meanwhile, President Mahama at Burma Camp on Thursday inaugurated a new headquarters complex for the Ghana Navy.

He assured the soldiers of prompt payment of allowances which has been a source of concern in the army.

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