The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Vice Admiral (V/Adm) Seth Amoama, has commissioned a 15-Unit Young Soldiers accommodation for the Ghana Military Police (GMP), as a first step in getting troops close to their unit and to ensure combat readiness.
The opening of the edifice, took place on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the GMP Headquarters, Medo Lines, Burma Camp, where the CDS was the Guest of Honour, with the backing of the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah.
The CDS, speaking before the opening, said that the provision of the decent 15-unit young soldiers’ accommodation for troops, is vital for the effective administration and welfare of troops in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and their families.
Acknowledging that in spite of many initiatives made by Government through the Military High Command, Admiral Amoama stated that accommodation for troops, remains a major challenge to GAF, due to the increased recruitment of personnel over the years.
Admiral Amoama recalled how exactly a year ago, the COAS cut the sod for the commencement of construction of the now completed building, when the GMP was faced with serious accommodation challenges, which was compounded by the lack of barracks space, with most of the young soldiers living outside the barracks, affecting the reaction time for troops mobilization for emergency operations.
As the CDS called the COAS and the Army, generally for extol in their bold initiatives, he revealed that plans were underway to relocate soldiers living at Club 77, to a more presentable accommodation.
Plaques were present by the CDS, the COAS and the Commander, Support Services Brigade Group – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Matthew Essien, to Maj Gen RK Opoku Adusei (Rtd) and Brig Gen RO Sackey (Rtd) who nursed the idea, and the Chief Executive Officer of Mayfair Estate Limited – Mr John Watson Otumfuo, the Contractor.