Government to revamp military facilities, equip troops - Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo also said his administration will actively support contemporary training methods that will the military abreast with international military trends and also remain the beacon of Armed Forces across the continent.
President Akufo-Addo also said his administration will actively support contemporary training methods that will make the military abreast with international military trends and also remain the beacon of Armed Forces across the continent.
He was speaking in Accra at the annual West African Security Services Association (WASSA) of the Ghana Armed Forces.
"In terms of military preparedness, government will actively support contemporary training methods that will not only keep you abreast with international military trends, but will also ensure that you remain the beacon of Armed Forces across the continent," he said. "We are committed to providing you with modern military equipment, which would complement the training you would receive."
He continued: "Government is also committed to enriching the human resource base of the Armed Forces by supporting initiatives that will provide further education for soldiers, sailors and airmen to enhance further their skills at protecting our territorial integrity.
"With regard to our sailors, the advent of oil and gas has made their role more critical, as they now have the added responsibility to protect our waters and oil fields from new dangers.
"In the presence of the Minister for Defence, the energetic, excellent Dominic Nitiwul, government is going to allocate the needed resources to you to protect our sea lines of communication, especially in the wake of current activities in the Gulf of Guinea, such as piracy, disruptions and destruction of oil/gas operations and installations, bunkering, drug trafficking and smuggling, among others.
"Our airmen will not be left out of this programme of resource enhancement, so that we have an Air Force worthy of the name."
The president also noted all military barracks in the country have been earmarked for renovation.
"Additionally, more residential accommodation facilities would be put up in all the units to reduce the acute accommodation problem facing our soldiers. A contented soldier is one whose remuneration does not unduly distract him from his mandate. My government intends to take your welfare seriously," he added.
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Also, he said a third phase expansion of the 37 Military Hospital Project has begun. "This is to ensure that the hospital continues to provide first class healthcare for members of the Armed Forces and their families, and also for 37 to meet more effectively its function as a national emergency hospital."
President Akufo-Addo also announced the construct of a new military hospital in Tamale to service the health needs of military personnel and their families in the northern sector of our country.
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