Government introduces new allowance for military

By
Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Sept 18, GNA
– President John Dramani Mahama has announced the introduction of a Ghana
Government paid Leave Allowance of $ 700 to all military ranks on external
peacekeeping operations.

Speaking at the 2016
graduation parade of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) at Teshie in Accra,
President Mahama, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces
also announced that  the Ration Allowance
for uniformed personnel had also been increased to GH₵ 120 and Clothing Allowance
for civilian employees has also been increased to GH₵ 40.

He explained that
these adjustments take effect from September 1, and that government would
continue to upwardly review other allowances at the right time.

He said government
had taken note of some challenges confronting military personnel in the country
and had taken various measures to address some of them.

The President
recounted that over the past four years, government had taken pragmatic steps
to improve the logistics, infrastructure, water supply-especially in Whistler
and the Wajir Barracks; roads and sanitation situations in all garrisons.

President Mahama
said government would in the next four years assist the Ghana Air Force to
establish a flight training school which would be a centre of excellence in
West Africa.

“We will also
increase the numerical strength of the Ghana Armed Forces and continue to
provide the needed up-to-date logistics to facilitate and enhance your
performance,” President Mahama said.

He urged the
graduating officers to live up to expectations and work together for the good
of the country.

The graduation was
held for cadres of the Regular Career Course (RCC) 56 and Short Service
Commission/Special Duties Course 54 graduated into fully fledged officers.

The graduating
officers for the RCC were 62; which consist of 29 officers from the Ghana Army,
three from Benin and two from Guinea.

The rest are 17 Navy
and 11 Air Force Officers from the Ghana Armed Forces.

The officers for the
Short Service Commission/Special Duties Course 54 were 38, who were all from
Ghana Armed Forces.

Their distribution
were Army 21, Navy eight and Air force nine.

Special Senior under
Officer Addo Larbi won the Sword of Honour Award.

The GMA was
established on April 1, 1960 after years of reliance on foreign Military
Academies to commission potential Ghanaian Officers for the Ghana Armed Forces.

The mission of GMA
is to produce leaders of character for the defence of Ghana.

GNA

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