17th May 2024

President Akufo-Addo commissions the housing project at Burma Camp

The Ghana Armed Forces have been commended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for their selfless role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is appropriate on this occasion that I express my gratitude and that of the nation to the Excellent Chief of Defence Staff, the hardworking staff, men and women of the Armed Forces for responding to my call to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. I am proud of your exceptional diligence and vigilance in ensuring that the protocols and restrictions that I outlined were complied with, especially during the three-week partial lockdown of Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Kasoa,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo said this yesterday when he commissioned a housing project for the Ghana Armed Forces at Burma Camp.

Laudable efforts

The President said members of the Armed Forces have been at the forefront of the battle to tackle the pandemic, and described their efforts as laudable, especially in areas like medical support, logistics chain management, enforcement of restrictions and operations on land, sea and air.

He also commended the Armed Forces for cooperating with other security agencies to enforce the various restrictions.

“Indeed, the country has taken notice of the strengthening of relations between you and the citizenry, evidenced in your remarkable contribution towards ridding our cities of filth, disinfection of markets, and providing water and other basic services to the needy and vulnerable,” the President said.

Accommodation

The President assured that his government is committed to tackling the accommodation needs of members of the Armed Forces and their families.

He indicated that, over the past three years, his government has worked diligently to improve the state of operational readiness of the Armed Forces, through retooling, to enable them perform their roles efficiently and effectively.

 

According to him, one of the most important ways to achieve this is the Barracks Regeneration Project, which has led to the completion of the new Douala Barracks.

“Today, 64 families will be the beneficiaries of 4 new blocks of 64 apartments. Each of these apartments has a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and standard sanitary facilities,” he said.

The President said similar projects are ongoing at Tamale and other garrisons nationwide.

He urged the new occupants to ensure that the facilities are well maintained.

“We must make sure that these facilities stand the test of time. In particularly, we must be mindful of fire outbreaks, which have taken their toll on both office and residential accommodations of the Armed Forces in the recent past,” he said.

 

Barrack roads

He again disclosed that the Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Atta, is vigorously implementing an extensive nationwide roads programme in which the roads at Burma Camp will not be left out.

“Indeed, the list of all roads in the garrisons have been submitted to the ministry and soon work will begin on all the roads that are not in good condition. I have to redeem the pledge I made to you about your roads and I am doing so,” President Akufo-Addo said.

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