President Nana Akufo-Addo says his government will pay soldiers their peacekeeping allowance whilst on duty.
“We will make it a principle that wherever the peacekeeping operation is, the peacekeepers will be paid there. That is the principle, and we are not going to go back on that”, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces said while addressing Ghanaian troops stationed in The Gambia on Sunday.
The 210 troops are part of an ECOWAS contingent stationed in the country. The Defence Minister is scaling down the number following the successful second swearing in of Adama Barrow.
About 150 troops are expected to arrive in Ghana on Monday, according to Mr Dominic Nitiwul, who briefed parliament on Friday.
The president, who came to witness the inauguration ceremony of President Adama Barrow and the 52nd Independence Day celebration of The Gambia said monies due the soldiers have been released in line with his pledge to pay peacekeepers on duty.
He said: "As it is now, the monies that are due to you for the first half of the operation, which is up to the 20th of February, have been released to you. The fifty soldiers who are to remain here for the next three months will also have what is due you released. All of you going back to Ghana on Monday will be paid in full before you leave here (Gambia)”.
“I was told about the arrears on peacekeeping operations owed to soldiers. I decided to do something about it … and I ordered the release of $13 million to cater for the arrears.”