The government has increased the peacekeeping allowance for personnel in the army from $31 to $35, President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced.

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The president made the statement in Accra at the annual West African Security Services Association (WASSA) of the Ghana Armed Forces.

"The decision has been taken  to ensure that all military personnel who embark on peacekeeping mission will receive their allowances on tour and not when they arrive in Ghana after the completion of their duty tour.

"No matter in what part of the world you find yourself in peacekeeping duty, you will be paid your allowances there. That is the principle and we are not going back on it. Peacekeeping monies are for peacekeepers.

"In furtherance to improving your welfare, my administration has in fulfilment of the manifesto pledge has increased the peacekeeping allowance effective January 2017, from $31 to $35," the president said to thunderous applause from the personnel.

On the review of the retiring age for the low ranks, the president noted: “The legislative review of the Armed Forces Amendment Regulation 1986, LI 1332, has begun.

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"The review will extend the serving time of other ranks from the current 25 years to 30 years.

"This is in fulfilment of our manifesto promise in the just-ended election. I want all Ghanaians to see me as a man of my word."