By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Medo Lines, Burma Camp
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has commenced work to construct a 15-Unit Transit Accommodation for young soldiers of the Ghana Military Police (GMP), through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
At a sod-cutting ceremony to enable earnest building activities on Friday, April 24th, 2020, at the GMP Headquarters, Medo Lines, Burma Camp, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, who was the Guest-of-Honour, emphasized the importance of the project, since the GMP, as important as it is, does not have a barracks of its own, as a unit.
General Oppong-Peprah, in his speech, recalled that months ago, a Public Private Partnership Agreement (PPPA) was reached between GAF and Mayfair Estates Limited, for the redevelopment of portions of the lands at Club 77, for commercial purposes.
Per that PPPA, in return, Mayfair Estates Limited built 5 Blocks comprising of 120 Bedrooms Accommodation, a Club House at Duala Barracks and a Transit Quarter at the National Dog Academy (NDA) at Okponglo, which have all been completed and are in use by the GMP.
The PPP arrangement, between GAF and Mayfair Estates Limited, this time round, is expected to be completed in four (4) months, to enable the Unit’s young soldiers, who are housed in other units’ quarters at El Wak Barracks, Club 77 and others in quite deplorable or inadequate dwellings, to be assembled as a unit.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony included the Chief Staff Officer (CSO), Army HQ – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Michael Amoah Ayisi, the Pro Vost Marshall of GMP – Colonel (Col) Ziblim Bawa Ayorrogo, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), Support Services Brigade Group (SP SRV BDE GP) – Col Kenneth Kweku Kwaah Kumi, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) David Addi and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mayfair Estates – Mr John Watson Otumfuo.