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“The government is keeping its promise to equip the armed forces” – President Akufo-Addo

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  The President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo says that his government since taking office in 2017 has fulfilled its promise to reorganize and re equip the Ghana Armed Forces thus helping the Force fulfill its mandate to protect the territorial integrity of the nation According to President Akufo Addo in view of contemporary emerging and future threats in West Africa addressing security issues cannot be business as usual The Government has approved therefore the expansion of the Armed Forces to deal with these threats Strategic expansion and modernization of the Armed Forces in line with threat analysis and acquisition of necessary equipment logistics infrastructure development and manpower augmentation are vigorously pursued he said Speaking at the Military Academy graduation parade for the 61st Regular Career Course on Friday August 12 2022 President Akufo Addo indicated that the government is rebuilding and upgrading the Ghana Military Academy to bring it up to par with other renowned Military Academies around the world He noted that the first phase of construction work on the Military Academy is almost complete with the renovated Cadet Officers Dining Room the Academy s Plaza de Armas the three hundred and twenty seat two story classroom block and the magnificent administration block also completed In fact the three story two hundred and forty six 246 room lodge for officer cadets the two bedroom sixteen apartment officer s quarters for platoon commanders the two bedroom four apartment middle complex for senior NCO instructors and perimeter fence wall are nearly complete with fixture installation painting outside work landscaping and water and power connection expected to be completed by the end of this month Regarding the expansion of the workforce President Akufo Addo indicated that the Armed Forces have recruited and trained about three thousand 3 000 soldiers between 2017 and 2020 Since 2021 it has embarked on a recruitment and training accelerated throughout the country to produce a minimum of four thousand 4 000 officers and soldiers annually until 2024 in order to bring the strength of our Armed Forces to optimal levels Thus a minimum of two thousand 2 000 recruits are trained in the recruit training schools of the three 3 Services every six months while the number of enlisted officer cadets in recent times has increased exponentially since 2020 said the President He continued In addition to the construction of the eight hundred and thirty two 832 housing units for the Armed Forces begun under the Phase One Military Housing Project in July 2019 which are currently at various levels of completion I cut the lawn a few months ago for the Phase 2 Military Housing Project which will add an additional three hundred and twenty 320 units to the Phase 1 housing units President Akufo Addo noted that massive infrastructure is being developed in the vicinity of the Burma Camp Military Cemetery to provide warehouses offices and barracks accommodation for the base artillery depot artillery school Central Band of the Forces armed forces and the music school of the armed forces In order to improve the operational capacity combat efficiency and logistical capacity of the Armed Forces the president pointed out that measures have been implemented to promote restructuring and re equipment To this end additional bases specialized units and brigades have been created with the acquisition of the necessary equipment to improve operations particularly on our northern borders As you know this expansion has already seen the creation and establishment of the Army Special Operations Brigade Armored Brigade Signals Brigade and two 2 Mechanized Battalions which are deployed in the Upper West and Upper This one the president said he said he He noted that the construction and equipping of fifteen 15 Forward Operating Bases FOBs on our northern borders for the Armed Forces for the Northern Border Project is on track These FOBs include FOB Dollar Power FOB Hamile FOB Tumu FOB Navrongo FOBBawku FOB Nalerigu FOB Bunkpurugu FOB Saboba FOB Bimbilla FOB Damongo FOB Bole FOB Jirapa Wa Forward Logistics Base Forward Logistics Base in Bolgatanga and Main Logistics Base in Tamale In addition to this President Akufo Addo indicated that various combat vehicles equipment and weapons comprising about one hundred and sixty three 163 armored personnel carriers and other combat vehicles trucks and general vehicles equipment surveillance and communication including optical and critical mass night vision equipment as well as weapons ammunition and bulletproof vests have been procured to improve intelligence acquisition provide better protection improve mobility and firepower for troops in internal security operations including those deployed on our northern borders as well as international peace support operations To the navy President Akufo Addo noted that the government has purchased offshore patrol boats and fast patrol boats to improve operations against piracy and other maritime threats and protect the country s Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ Towards enhancing the Navy s capability I recently ordered four 4 fast patrol boats named VOLTA PRA ANKOBRA and DENSU to protect our maritime resources especially our floating production storage and offloading FPSO facilities in high seas he said additional Along the same lines President Akufo Addo pointed out that there are plans in sight to acquire for the Air Force six 6 L 39 ground combat aircraft two 2 additional ground power units assorted aircraft that they comprise House C2A5 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Mi 71SH Military Air Transport Helicopters VIP Transport Helicopters H 225 and four 4 H 125 Light Reconnaissance Attack helicopters to support Special Forces operations Reiterating the Government s commitment to improve the Armed Forces health and medical service delivery capacity he indicated that Military Hospital 37 which also functions as the National Disaster Management Hospital has been prioritized for massive remodeling before of the beginning of the next phase of the expansion project of the 37th Military Hospital Similarly the 500 bed military hospital in Afari in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of the Ashanti region is set to open in December this year Expansion and upgrading of medical reception stations in all Garrisons to District Hospital status are also ongoing I would also like to add that adequate arrangements have been made for other sister security services including the Ghana Police Service the Ghana Prison Service the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service receive new health care equipment for their operations without problems added the president
“The government is keeping its promise to equip the armed forces” – President Akufo-Addo

1 The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says that his government, since taking office in 2017, has fulfilled its promise to reorganize and re-equip the Ghana Armed Forces, thus helping the Force fulfill its mandate to protect the territorial integrity of the nation.

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2 According to President Akufo-Addo, in view of contemporary, emerging and future threats in West Africa, addressing security issues cannot be business as usual.

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3 “The Government has approved, therefore, the expansion of the Armed Forces to deal with these threats.

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4 Strategic expansion and modernization of the Armed Forces, in line with threat analysis and acquisition of necessary equipment, logistics, infrastructure development and manpower augmentation, are vigorously pursued,” he said.

5 Speaking at the Military Academy graduation parade for the 61st Regular Career Course, on Friday, August 12, 2022, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the government is rebuilding and upgrading the Ghana Military Academy to bring it up to par with other renowned Military Academies around the world.

6 He noted that the first phase of construction work on the Military Academy is almost complete, with the renovated Cadet Officers’ Dining Room, the Academy’s Plaza de Armas, the three-hundred-and-twenty-seat two-story classroom block, and the magnificent administration block.

7 also completed.

8 In fact, the three-story, two-hundred-and-forty-six (246)-room lodge for officer cadets, the two-bedroom, sixteen-apartment officer’s quarters for platoon commanders, the two-bedroom, four-apartment middle complex for senior NCO instructors , and perimeter fence wall are nearly complete, with fixture installation, painting, outside work/landscaping, and water and power connection expected to be completed by the end of this month.

9 Regarding the expansion of the workforce, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the Armed Forces have recruited and trained about three thousand (3,000) soldiers between 2017 and 2020.

10 “Since 2021, it has embarked on a recruitment and training accelerated throughout the country to produce a minimum of four thousand (4,000) officers and soldiers annually until 2024, in order to bring the strength of our Armed Forces to optimal levels.

11 Thus, a minimum of two thousand (2,000) recruits are trained in the recruit training schools of the three (3) Services every six months, while the number of enlisted officer cadets in recent times has increased exponentially since 2020 ” said the President.

12 He continued: “In addition to the construction of the eight hundred and thirty-two (832) housing units for the Armed Forces, begun under the Phase One Military Housing Project in July 2019, which are currently at various levels of completion, I cut the lawn a few months ago for the Phase 2 Military Housing Project, which will add an additional three hundred and twenty (320) units to the Phase 1 housing units.” President Akufo-Addo noted that massive infrastructure is being developed in the vicinity of the Burma Camp Military Cemetery to provide warehouses, offices and barracks accommodation for the base artillery depot, artillery school, Central Band of the Forces armed forces and the music school of the armed forces.

13 In order to improve the operational capacity, combat efficiency and logistical capacity of the Armed Forces, the president pointed out that measures have been implemented to promote restructuring and re-equipment.

14 “To this end, additional bases, specialized units and brigades have been created, with the acquisition of the necessary equipment, to improve operations particularly on our northern borders.

15 As you know, this expansion has already seen the creation and establishment of the Army Special Operations Brigade, Armored Brigade, Signals Brigade and two (2) Mechanized Battalions, which are deployed in the Upper West and Upper This one,” the president said.

16 he said he.

17 He noted that the construction and equipping of fifteen (15) Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) on our northern borders for the Armed Forces for the Northern Border Project is on track.

18 These FOBs include FOB Dollar Power, FOB Hamile, FOB Tumu, FOB Navrongo, FOBBawku, FOB Nalerigu, FOB Bunkpurugu, FOB Saboba, FOB Bimbilla, FOB Damongo, FOB Bole, FOB Jirapa, Wa Forward Logistics Base, Forward Logistics Base in Bolgatanga and Main Logistics Base in Tamale.

19 In addition to this, President Akufo-Addo indicated that various combat vehicles, equipment and weapons, comprising about one hundred and sixty-three (163) armored personnel carriers and other combat vehicles, trucks and general vehicles, equipment surveillance and communication, including optical and critical mass night vision equipment, as well as weapons, ammunition and bulletproof vests have been procured to improve intelligence acquisition, provide better protection, improve mobility and firepower for troops in internal security operations, including those deployed on our northern borders.

20 as well as international peace support operations.

21 To the navy, President Akufo-Addo noted that the government has purchased offshore patrol boats and fast patrol boats to improve operations against piracy and other maritime threats, and protect the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

22 “Towards enhancing the Navy’s capability, I recently ordered four (4) fast patrol boats, named VOLTA, PRA, ANKOBRA, and DENSU, to protect our maritime resources, especially our floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facilities in high seas,” he said.

23 additional.

24 Along the same lines, President Akufo-Addo pointed out that there are plans in sight to acquire, for the Air Force, six (6) L-39 ground combat aircraft, two (2) additional ground power units, assorted aircraft that they comprise House C2A5 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Mi-71SH Military Air Transport Helicopters, VIP Transport Helicopters (H-225) and four (4) H-125 Light Reconnaissance Attack helicopters, to support Special Forces operations.

25 Reiterating the Government’s commitment to improve the Armed Forces’ health and medical service delivery capacity, he indicated that Military Hospital 37, which also functions as the National Disaster Management Hospital, has been prioritized for massive remodeling, before of the beginning of the next phase of the expansion project of the 37th Military Hospital.

26 Similarly, the 500-bed military hospital in Afari, in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of the Ashanti region, is set to open in December this year.

27 “Expansion and upgrading of medical reception stations in all Garrisons to District Hospital status are also ongoing.

28 I would also like to add that adequate arrangements have been made for other sister security services, including the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Prison Service, the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service, receive new health care equipment for their operations without problems, “added the president.

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