By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The Army Recruits Training School (ARTS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has commissioned a water production plant, block factory, catering services, grasscutter and crop farming project, through its internally generated funds (IGF), to help ease the overburden of financial necessities of the unit.
To ensure the viability and long term sustainability of the projects, the unit operationalized the projects to ascertain profitability, before commissioning them on Friday December 6th, 2019, at the premises of the unit, at Shail-Hills, in the Shai-Osudoku District.
Delivering his welcome address to the audience at the commissioning, the Commanding Officer (CO) of ARTS – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Emmanuel Larbi Sarpong Gyadu, said that the projects are not only financially viable, but have also come to make life at the school better than before.
“The water comes from a good source, while the blocks from the factory, are being used for the expansion works of the school’s medical facility and many other infrastructural projects, which are ongoing at the camp” the CO said.
Lt Col Gyadu also asserted that the projects could be used to let high command of the military, know the contributions the unit is making towards the good of the Formation – Army Training Command (ATRAC) – in particular, GAF and the immediate community of the ARTS school, in general.
The two major plants – Easy Spring Satchet Water (which houses offices and a staff common room for Civilian Employees for the unit) and the Easy Battle Block Factory, are not enough to stop the trainers of soldiers for the revered GAF, from further daring to dream, for they are making frantic efforts to institute an over-the-counter pharmacy shop, which would be part of the school’s under refurbishment health post, to serve not only the school community, but also those around them.
Other projects that the school is aiming at are the outsourcing of the management of the Matambo to another party, and the construction of a recreational facility, with a swimming pool, which would be outside the camp,
vLt Col Gyadu finally assured that committees have been set up for the management of all the projects, for the purposes of transparency and accountability.
Citing a clear benefit for the projects, Colonel Gyadu referred to the inexplicable reasons why allowances delay, but the operationalization of these projects would take the undue pressure from the school’s administration.
vThe Guest of Honour – Colonel (Col) Cornelius Kwablah Lithur, who represented the Commander of the Army Training (ATRAC), to commission the projects, expressed satisfaction with the attitude of a break from the past freshness.
Col Lithur reminded all ranks that GAF thrives on discipline, cooperation and teamwork and that such qualities are the key fundamentals that would propel the sustenance of the ventures, that are being undertaken by the unit, urging them to see the project as belonging them collectively.
Col Lithur further called for those who would be entrusted with the management of the projects, to be honest selflessness and with integrity, eschewing shortcuts, to enable the project grow from strength to strength.