Ghana Army’s 1 Infantry Battalion (1Bn), has cut sod for the construction of a five-hundred and fifty (550) seater multipurpose auditorium to aid in troops’ regular briefings, durbars, conferences, lectures and other purposes, which hitherto have been organized at churches due to lack of amenities.


The ground breaking event took place at the Battalion Headquarters, Michel Camp, on Friday, 16 July 2022, with the Guest-of-Honour; the General Officer Commanding, Southern Command (S/COMD) – Brigadier General Michael Amoah-Ayisi, being represented by the Command Logistics Officer – Colonel Eric Nyarko.


The General called on the corporate community, to observe the critical role of 1Bn in the maintenance of law and order, such as involvement in Operations HALT I and II, CALM LIFE, SAFE, COWLEG, ENHANCED CALM LIFE and MOTHERLAND, in the Eastern Region, Tema Metropolis, Ashaiman and Kpone-Katamanso Municipalities in the Greater Accra Region, and help the Unit to construct the facility, since they are beneficiaries of the end state of the military’s activities.


In his opening remarks, the Commanding Officer (CO), 1Bn – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Dominic Ampomah, stated that 1Bn is the training hub for most training activities of S/COMD, and conducts demonstration to students from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Army Combat Training School (ACTS) and the Ghana Military Academy (GMA).


The CO cited instances where due to lack of appropriate lecture room infrastructure and amenities, the Battalion has had to organize events for Cadets of the Military Academy at the Officers’ Mess and other makeshift structures.


Further depicting the state of infrastructure, Lt Col Ampomah said the need for an auditorium for a Unit like 1Bn – a self-help project expected to be constructed jointly with the benevolence and magnanimity of philanthropists and friends of the military – is non-negotiable due to challenging circumstances, and would also reduce the pressure on church facilities in the barracks.


At the time of filing this report, the Unit was hosting a 12-week conventional training Basic Non-Commissioned Officers/Tactical Course for 50 Soldiers drawn from Units within S/COMD and other Commands of the Army, and due to deficient infrastructure, trainings were being held in inappropriate structures.


The multipurpose auditorium which would occupy an area of 1,094.12 M², was designed by Lt Col Baffour and would have the following facilities; guest washrooms, general washrooms, janitors’ store, foyer, 2 sound lobbies, projector room, office, kitchenette, backstage, stage, store and car park.


Dignitaries present included Eastern Regional Minister – Seth Acheampong, Member of Parliament for Kpone-Katamanso – Joseph Tettey, Chief of Gbetsile – Nii Teye Kojo Amankwa Sune 1, Second-In-Command, 1Bn – Major Yeyeava, Officers of 1Bn, Regimental Sergeant Major – SWO Kingsley Koomson.

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