The Government of Ghana is considering the procurement of drones and Offshore Petrol Vessels among other sophisticated equipment for the Ghana Armed Forces as part of a conscious effort to adequately resource those security agencies to deliver on their mandate to safeguard the territorial integrity of Ghana. Drones are highly sophisticated military planes that are controlled by remote gadgets used for special operations.
On the other hand, the Offshore Petrol Vessels are large naval machine that can carry helicopters for operations on the sea. The Minister of Defence, Mark Woyongo, disclosed this during his interaction with troops of the Fourth Infantry Battalion in Kumasi. The interaction formed part of the Minister first inspection tour of military installations under the Northern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces in the Ashanti region.
The Minister disclosed also that government has already put before Parliament a request for approval for a 300 million Dollar loan to further re-equip the Ghana Armed Forces. He said six air craft’s among other important logistics will also be procured for both internal and international assignments. Mr. Woyongo reminded the soldiers that even though every Ghanaian has his political interest, their duty and allegiance must always are first to the state and the government of the day.
They must therefore prioritize national peace and unity by avoiding individuals and groups who would try to use them to advance their political agenda. The Defence Minister admitted the enormity of the work of the Northern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces to ensure internal peace with in the northern sector of the country, especially in the three regions of the north.
Mr. Woyongo expressed regret about the deplorable nature of some of the facilities of the military in the various units of the Forces and blamed some of its on poor maintenance culture. The Minister said an amount of seven thousand Ghana Cedis will be released by the Ministry very soon for the repair of a house at the 4BN Complex which had its entire roof ripped off during a storm.
The Minister visited also the 360 acre land at Afari near Nkawie in the Atwima Nwabiagya district for the construction of a 500-bed second Military Hospital. The contractor, M. Babisotti, an Italian construction company, has already moved to site to start the construction which is expected to be completed in three years.