The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, has inspected some infrastructural projects at five Garrisons at Burma Camp, Accra.
The projects, part of the Barracks Regeneration Project by government, include a state-of the-art three-storey complex with 50 offices to serve as a working space for the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and workers.
The Minister also inspected an ongoing seven-storey office complex with a basement for the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at the Ghana Army Headquarters.
The Minister was briefed by the Deputy Director, Engineering Services of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lieutenant Colonel Albert Tekyi.
Additionally, he also inspected warehouses under construction near the new Military cemetery and the progress of work on the three-storey accommodation complexes with 246 bedrooms for Officer Cadets, a 300 plus capacity auditorium, a large and ultra-modern parade grounds, a four-storey with 16 two- bedroom apartment blocks for staff officers and men, all at the Ghana Military Academy and Training Schools.
Some housing projects for Senior Most officers near the Airport Area and two- and one-bedroom projects for uniformed personnel close to the Airforce Base were also inspected.
Mr Nitiwul commended the Chinese Construction Firm, Poly Changda Group, for steady progress of work on the projects and for transforming the once forested lands into modern facilities.
“… Whatever you see here was a forest three years ago, a complete forest, which we have transformed into an officer mess. The projects, when completed, would attract military personnel from neighbouring countries to train in the facilities. We have people from Sierra Leone training here, from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria. We want to be the best so that’s why we are putting up these facilities,” he said.
He was optimistic that ongoing projects at MATS would be completed by the end of December this year, revealing that by September this year, some other projects would start at the Academy.
“…Whatever Government will have to do to support the Military we will do. Even if the Government has no money, we will find it somewhere,” the Defence Minister assured.
Lieutenant Albert Tekyi indicated that the projects were being done in phases, some ongoing at various garrisons nationwide.
The Barracks Regeneration Programme initiated by the Government in 2017, is to address the accommodation challenges facing personnel of GAF. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in May 2020, inaugurated 64 apartments for the Military at the new Duala Barracks in Accra, among others in garrisons nationwide.