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112 graves allocated for VIPs at new Military Cemetary

Colonel Eric Aggrey-Quarshie, the Head of the Public Relations Department of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has disclosed that newly constructed Military Cemetery has a provision of one hundred and twelve (112) graves for Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs) and Very Important Persons (VIPs) who are civilians.

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He also revealed that the cemetery has a capacity for 16,000 graves.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic, Col. Aggrey-Quarshie said said the new Military Cemetery had been partitioned into various sections — veterans, family children, family adults, Moslems, Generals, serving personnel, key appointment holders and national memorial.

He added that the Commander-in-chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, which happens to be the President, has to approve before an individual is buried as VVIP or a VIP.

He also said that except a deceased person was the spouse or child of a serving military person or a VVIP/VIP, that individual could not be buried at the Military Cemetery.

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The $6-million new Military Cemetery project, which was awarded for construction in 2016 by the previous Military High Command, was the initiative of the immediate past Chief of the Defence Staff of the GAF, Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, when he realised that the Military Cemetery at Osu was almost full.

The Minister of Defence, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, opened the cemetery in April 2018.

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