The Air Force Base (AFB), an Air Command of the Ghana Air Force, has completed the reconstruction and conversion of the third of four blocks of dilapidated blocks at the Cookhouse, Air Force Barracks, into 7-units of single-bedroom self-contained accommodation, and commissioned it for use by its Airmen, at the Air Force Barracks, at Burma Camp, Accra.
The Commissioning ceremony took place on Thursday, 11 August, 2022, with the presence of Air Commodore (A/Cdre) Reginald Yaw Cole – Air Officer Commanding, Training, Air Force HQ, Air Officer Commanding, Validation, Standardization and Inspection – A/Cdre Mills, Representatives of COP Engineering Ltd, Happy Royal Power, 3MS Company Ltd, Global Cargo and Commodities, Volta River Aviation, Polychanda Chines Group and China Railway Company.
Delivering an address to the gathered persons at the ceremony, the Commander, AFB – A/Cdre Joshua Mensah-Larkai said the target of his Command would now shift to the last remaining dilapidated block for renovation and conversion, to complete the mission of turning the 4-blocks from Poncho Houses to self-contained accommodations.
Referring to the acute accommodation challenges afflicting the Ghana Air Force in particular, and the Ghana Armed Forces in general as a ‘wicked problem’, the Base Commander acknowledged the influence of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) – Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Frank Kofi Hanson and benevolent persons, in turning the face of the dilapidated place to its current comfortable place, with each unit having a kitchenette and washroom.
Additional projects ongoing in the base include a 24-unit multipurpose accommodation, with dormitories in the Air Force Barracks, which is expected to house about 150 personnel, besides the Government’s Barracks Rejuvenation Projects (BRP), which are dotted in and around Burma Camp, with one behind the AFB for the Air Force, whiles the Air Force further receives part of the newly-constructed ones behind the Jubilee Quarters, where there is a number of blocks constructed by Polychanda.
There also is the Air Force Commander sponsored Officers’ 16-unit self-contained chamber-and-hall accommodation block adjacent the EK Asante Lodge, under construction.
A/Cdre Mensah-Larkai avers that although these projects would not entirely solve the acute accommodation problem, it would go a long way to reduce extent to which a large number of Officers and Airmen seek to be accommodated so they can perform their duties, and that it is a gesture to demonstrate that the Air Force Command is making every effort to provide befitting accommodation to its personnel.
He stated that for the past three years, the AFB, Accra has been on a project to convert all single-phase electricity connections at the Air Force Barracks to 3-phase, and has successfully completed, thus the barracks have benefitted immensely with the number of fires dying out down and the Airmen being able to use their electrical gadgets.