Minister Of Defence: Establish Team To Identify And Demarcate All Military Lands

The Minister of Defence, Mark Woyongo has deplored the encroachments on military lands by private developers across the country.

To salvage the situation, the minister has suggested the establishment of a team to identify and demarcate all military lands.

This he said this will go a long way to ensure future protection of military lands.

The Minister made the suggestion when he toured some institutions under his ministry.

Mr Mark Wayongo, disclosed that the Ministry is exploring possibilities of placing the Military Academy and Training School (MATS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) under the GET fund.

He said his outfit will have discussion with the Ministry of Finance and Education to chart a way possible to include the Academy under fund to get additional funds for its rehabilitation projects.

Mr Wayongo commended the forces for their commitment and royalty over the years in protecting the country’s internal and external territorial against any threat adding the nation is regarded as a beacon of hope due to the peaceful and stability it enjoyed.

He said government is committed to ensuring that the forces are well resourced to perform its responsibilities effectively and that the Forces were presented with vehicles to aid in their operations of duty.

Mr Wayongo also urged the forces to be circumspect in their duty and work with other security agencies to ensure orderliness and peace and protect Military lands from encroachers.

Hr urged all the institutions to submit a list of their challenges to the Ministry for government support and expected them to be loyal and work hard to defend the country at all times.

Commander and Logistics Officer and Commander Operations Officer of the Southern Command of GAF, Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Kpierele, said the mission of the force is to defend the territorial integrity of the country.

He said the force is also to assist with other civil authorities to maintain internal security in ensuring law and order as well as providing people-oriented security and safeguard the seat of government.

Corporate Affairs at KAIPTC, Mr. Ebenezer Anum Tetteh, said the centre was established in 2003 spearheaded by Dr Kofi Annan with support from foreign donors to ensuring international peace and security across board.

Mr. Mark Woyongo later visited the 37 Military Hospital to find out the situation on the ground with doctors of public hospitals on strike.

The Commandant of the Hospital, Brig-Gen. Paul Kpornyo stated that the strike has brought immense pressure on the Hospital. He however stated that plans are being put in place to handle the situation.

The Minister of Defence, Mark Woyongo in response promise to ensure that personnel who have to be called to perform extra work at the 37 Military Hospital are motivated.

The Minister thanked the Doctors for helping in attending to patients prior to the strike of the Ghana Medical Association and commended their efforts.