President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Akufo-Addo has revealed that he has tasked the Ministry of Defence and the Military High Command to start the process of establishing a War Command College in the country this year.
The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET Fund), he said, has been tasked to provide the seed capital for the establishment of the College.
Mr Akufo-Addo said this at the 2023 West Africa Soldier’s Socialization Activities (WASSA) of the Ghana Armed Forces, at Burma Camp in Accra on Wednesday, February 1.
He said “The government will not relent in its effort to transform the Ghana Armed Forces into a formidable modern force and will continue to help enhance the capacity and capability of the Armed Forces towards the development of our nation.
“I have tasked the Ministry of Defense and the Military High Command to begin the process of establishing a War College in Ghana this year. The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has been tasked to provide the seed capital.”
He further acknowledged the role the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) is playing in ensuring peace and security in the country.
“The government and the people of Ghana continue to appreciate the sacrifices of the Ghana Armed Forces Forces towards ensuring peace and security both internally and externally. Your joint patrols with the Ghana Police service to combat armed robbery and other crimes, your role in keeping our land borders safe, the protection of our maritime domains in the airspace to secure our strategic assets, the provision of health services to many civilians in areas that you are deployed, the protection of the environment in the fight against the menace of illegal mining, the opening up of remote areas to facilitate economic activities, your continued assistance through programmes targeted at deprived communities in our society have improved greatly the maintenance of peace and security we enjoy as a nation.
“On the international scene, you continue to bring credit to our nation by your performance in peace operations in Mali, in Sudan, Guinea Bissau The Gambia. The government and people of Ghana say again a big thank you for all your efforts and achievements.”
At another forum, President Akufo-Addo also assured the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) of his commitment to ensuring their wellbeing.
Speaking at the commissioning of a 300-bed capacity accommodation for young soldiers at the 37 military hospitals in Accra on Wednesday, February 1, he said the government will continue to construct the most needed accommodation infrastructure to enable the 37 Military hospitals and the GAF to perform their role
He said “Before I conclude, let me assure you that the NPP government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Akufo-Addo is fully committed to the well-being and welfare of the men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces.
“We will continue to stay through to the pledges we made in our 2016 and 2020 manifestoes, brought into and retained my party the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and I in office.
“The government will continue to construct the most needed accommodation infrastructure to enable the 37 Military Hospital and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to perform their role as required by the Ghanaian people.”
The 300-bed accommodation project was started in 2016 through the internally generated fund of the 37 Military hospital command but stalled in 2018 due to lack of support.
The Jospong Group of Companies came in with the needed support and solely financed the project in 2021.