By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), Structures & Logistics Ltd, a Ghanaian company, has spent a record time of seven (7) weeks, to construct and furnish an accommodation facility at the Bundase Training Camp, for use by soldiers of the Ghana Army.
The project which started on Tuesday 5th May, 2020, designed, built, and installations fully fitted, without the charge of a Pesewa to the Army, was commissioned on Tuesday, 30th June, 2020, by the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah, after whom the edifice has been christened.
In his commissioning remarks, Maj Gen Oppong-Peprah stated that, over the years, the military high command had observed with concern, the challenges associated with the use of permanent tents to accommodate troops at the Bundase Training Camp, as the tents wear out, due to the vagaries of the weather, and also becomes uncomfortable for the troops when the weather gets hot.
The COAS additionally said that the military high command has considered a long-term solution, to address the challenges by sourcing for funds, to construct permanent block accommodations and structures, to meet operational and administrative requirements at the training camp, for pre-operational training, quarantine periods and field training exercises.
General Oppong-Peprah concluded that his dream is to help upgrade the Bundase Training Camp, to a modern UN Peace Support Operations Centre of Excellence, which would include the rehabilitation and construction of accommodation facilities, with streets well-constructed and networked into and within the camp and provision of utilities, among others.
Mr Sampson Opare-Agyemang – the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Structures & Logistics, who provide professional services in the logistics supply environment, presenting the building to the Army, said that the facility can accommodate a platoon size of thirty-five (35) soldiers, at a time.
The ‘OPPONG-PEPRAH BLOCK’ consists of a comfortable 70 square meter open sleeping floor, 60 square meter Warrant Officer’s (WO) room, a modern 21 square meter washroom, totaling an average of 112 square meters, with the main hall having 9 ceiling fans, with urinals at the washrooms, wash-hand basins, showers, water closets connected to bio-digestors and floors furnished with high grade porcelain and ceramic tiles.
The ultra-modern building, which has 2 fire extinguishers, is a box design concept, which has a spacious flat roof that allows for easy installation of solar panels and re-harvesting opportunities, with the roof having an overhead tank that supplies water by gravity to the washrooms.
Dignitaries present included the Director-General (D-G) International Peace Support Operation (IPSO) – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Kwesi Mends, D-G Logistics – Brig Gen Prince Osei-Owusu, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Southern Command – Brig Gen Abraham Yeboah Nsiah, the Commander Support Services Brigade Group – Brig Gen Essien, Chief Staff Officer (CSO), Army HQ – Brig Gen Michael Amoah Ayisi and Mr Kakra Duncan – CEO, Dunamis Commodities and Trading.