Ghana Armed Forces to enjoy more accommodation facilities

BY: Edem Agblevor

The  Ministry of Defence is  constructing decent accommodation for personnel in the country. 

The Chief of the Army Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, disclosed this at the commissioning of Unit Self- Help Projects and sodcutting ceremony for the construction of a three-storey 120-single-bedroom facility at the premises of the 5 Infantry Battalion, Arakan Barracks, in Burma Camp, Accra last Thursday.

He said the decent accommodation would ensure that personnel were properly sheltered to facilitate the rapid mobilisation of troops for urgent tasks.

According to him, the manpower level of the Ghana Armed Forces over the years warranted the provision of extra accommodation for personnel.

He said that the construction of the projects was the initiative of the 5 Infantry Battalion and their benefactors.

“This Public Private Partnership is indicative of the strong civilian goodwill towards the military, which needed to be encouraged and strengthened,” he added.

He said some of the commissioned projects would generate income for the units, hence he urged the units to ensure that they were well managed for the benefit of all.

Major General Oppong-Peprah said the accommodation project when completed would help augment the accommodation situation in the barracks, and that as a team, they could achieve a lot to enhance the development of the barracks and the nation as a whole.

The Self-Help Projects that were commissioned included a Battalion Headquarters monument and renovated offices; conference hall, 13 units young officers transit quarters, unit restaurants, car washing bay, young soldiers dining hall, Regimental Sergeant Major quarters, young soldiers dining hall and officers’ coffee room.