The 153 Armoured Regiment of the 15 Armoured Brigade of the Ghana Army (GA), has reconstructed an 11 unit 44-bed Young Soldiers accommodation block, to facilitate the easing of residential strain on the Regiment (Regt).
Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Winfred Dzandu-Hedidor – Commander, 15 Armoured Brigade, together with Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) William Kobina Ackah – the outgone Commanding Officer of the Armoured Regt, commissioned the project on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at the Old Quarters, Gondar Barrack, Burma Camp.
General Dzandu-Hedidor commented that accommodation is one of the critical welfare tests that every Commander must pass in the provision of good administration for soldiers, and that with the increased manpower pursuit by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), it is necessary to address these accommodation challenges.
In support of what the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry for Defence and the Military High Command are providing to solve the acute challenge, various units have sought to bridge this gap and provide accommodation, to ameliorate the situation through varied self-help projects.
During the course of the construction, the block of 11 units with each having a bedroom for four, washroom and porch, received significant assistance from the Chief of the Defence Staff – Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, from the Chief of the Army Staff – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah and other benevolent corporate institutions.
Lt Col Ackah recounted events that preceded the completion of the facility, stating that at a time when the Unit was in dire straits for accommodation for its young ones, a Warrant Officer (WO) drew his attention to some old structure at the Barracks, which used to be part of a marketplace that was being misused.
In the latter parts of 2021, the construction started but faced financial difficulties since funding was from the Unit’s internally generated funds (IGF), until the High Command intervened with benevolent friends.