By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the Armed Forces Council – His Excellency (HE) Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has cut the sod for the commencement of works on the upgrading of inner roads of all the Garrisons of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
The event, which took place on Friday, May 22nd, 2020, at Burma Camp, is in fulfillment of a re-commitment by the Commander-In-Chief (C-In-C) of GAF, on 12th May, 2020, when he commissioned some of the completed housing projects under the Barracks Regeneration Project (BRP), at the New Douala Barracks, Burma Camp.
HE Veep Bawumia recalled the C-In-C’s pledge, during the 2017 GAF All Ranks Durbar, to retool all the Services, tackle the accommodation deficit, and upgrade the roads in the garrisons, declaring that the 250 kilometers of asphalt, bituminous surfacing and reconstruction, forms part of the ongoing BRP, in all the garrisons.
“Looking back, the Ministry of Roads and Highways started the rehabilitation of roads within the various barracks in 2016. Among the barracks that benefitted included the Myohaung Barracks and Air Force Base in Takoradi; Uaddara Barracks and Central Command in Kumasi; Kamina and Bawa Barracks in Tamale and Volta Barracks in Ho.
“However, they did not touch the inner roads. Today’s short ceremony is therefore to mark the beginning of the inner roads upgrade. This will ensure that the remaining roads in the barracks have asphaltic overlay”.
Dr Bawumia also announced that traffic lights will be mounted at the appropriate points, to ensure proper traffic control.
The Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bimbilla – Mr Dominic Nitiwul, on behalf of GAF, expressed gratitude to the Government for what he termed the “unprecedented investment into GAF over the past three years, running into billions of Cedis”.
Mr Kwesi Amoako-Atta – Minister for Roads and Highways and MP for Atiwa West, disclosed that his Ministry is seeking a permanent collaboration with the 48 Engineer Regiment, in current and future projects, to ensure the general populace benefits from the expertise of this Regiment.
“I want to ensure that we have a permanent alliance with the 48 Engineer Regiment and we all know how good they are, especially in the construction of bridges, for we need to work together for the benefit of the nation,” the Roads Minister emphasized.
Present at the ceremony were the MP for Nandom – Ambrose Dery, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa, and the Service Chiefs.