A 9-year-old Officers’ 6-units-block 2-bedroom self-contained accommodation project, commenced with self-help efforts by Ghana Army’s (GA) 1 Infantry Battalion (1Bn), has finally seen completion and been commissioned.


The 2013-commenced project, which has seen the existence of four Commanding Officers of 1Bn before completion, and was initiated by Colonel (Col) Frederick Dankyi Ntiri – Chief Coordinator, Ghana Military Academy (GMA), as Commanding Officer (CO), 1Bn, was commissioned on Friday, 30 September, 2022, with him as the Guest-of-Honour, at Michel Camp, in Tema.


Expressing delight at the eventual completion of the project, Col Ntiri recalled some events surrounding the initiation of the project; how some encroachers onto the lands of 1Bn had illegally started physical developments and had heaped sand and stones for construction, but were stopped and their materials carted to start the construction of the Officers’ accommodation in subject.


The project, uncompleted, transcended Col Albert Sison Ogaja into the Command of Col Simeone Barifi Nyante – Director, Personnel Service, General Headquarters and immediate past CO of 1Bn – under whose tenure, the project was altered from 1-bedroom self-contained to two and constructed, with some financial support from the Chief of the Army Staff – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, but without completion to the end of term of Col Nyante.


Enter the current CO – Lt Col Dominic Ampomah, some 6-months ago, who set as utmost priority the completion of the project and has gracefully seen to it, at which commissioning was witnessed by 3 of the 4 immediate past COs of 1Bn (Col Ogaja was entrusted with an assignment in Northern Ghana, hence could not be present).


1Bn has its fair share of acute accommodation challenges, particularly with Officers, however, upon the assumption of Command by the present CO in the past 6-months, there has been the converting of a dilapidated structure at No. 2 Vehicle Park, originally used as workshop, into a 40-bed accommodation facility, currently occupied by Soldiers.


Additionally, the construction of a 550-seater multi-purpose auditorium has commenced, to improve on infrastructure needs and to facilitate the key role played by 1Bn; such as hosting of Battalion Headquarters in the Field and Command Basic Non-Commission Officers Tactical Course, as well as the construction of an accommodation block for Young Female Soldiers.


The completion of the Officers’ accommodation project, executed by the 492 Engineer Detachment at 1Bn, is timely and has come at a time when Officers’ accommodation has become a major challenge to 1Bn’s Command, especially following the arrival of 10 newly Commissioned Officers to the Unit.


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Present at the event included the Command Operations Officer, Southern Command – Col Emmanuel Appiah, Acting 2IC, 1Bn – Major Erasmus Dela Yeyeava, Regimental Sergeant Major – Senior Warrant Officer Class 1 Kingsley Ebo Koomson, among others.

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