The Ghana Armed Forces will be professional in the discharge of their duties to maintain peace and stability in the country in the run-up to this year’s general election, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Obed Boamah, has assured Ghanaians.
He said personnel of the GAF would remain neutral in the discharge of their duties in order not to cast a slur on the professional integrity of the GAF.
Major General Boamah said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Abdallah Abubakar, at the Northern Regional Co-ordinating Council in Tamale as part of his familiarisation tour of the Northern Command of the GAF.
The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied by the Commanding Officer of the Sixth Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel William Kwabiah, and the Commander of the Air Borne Force based in Tamale, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Malik Punamani, as well as other senior officers from the unit.
Major General Boamah assured personnel of the GAF of the Military High Command’s readiness to support them in the discharge of their duties to secure the country from any external and internal aggression.
He said the leadership of the command had embarked on massive infrastructure development at the various barracks in the country to improve the welfare of the soldiers.
He added that the leadership of the Ghana Army would continue to do what was needed to enable the personnel to carry out their duties without hindrances.
Major General Boamah also expressed the GAF’s gratitude to the RCC for the various support it had provided to the northern command.
Mr Abubakar, who is also the chairman of the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC), for his part, pledged that he would support any effort by the various security agencies in the region to retrieve all illegal arms to prevent the incessant violent conflicts in the region and to ensure peace and security before, during and after the December polls.
He explained that allowing people to illegally possess destructive and offensive weapons posed a great danger to the peace and security in the region.
The regional minister said without peace, there would be no development in the region and promised to work hard to ensure that the region would become one of the most peaceful areas in the country.
He expressed worry that the region had become one of the conflict-prone areas in the country and, therefore, called on all stakeholders to come on board to reverse the trend.