Minister Says Government Will Ensure Peace

Mr Mark Owen Woyongo, the Minister of Defence, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ensure peace and stability and said these are the basic tenets for investor confidence and economic growth.

He said this during a courtesy call on him by the Commander of the United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), General William M. Fraser III, on Thursday in Accra.

Mr Woyongo said the collaboration between Ghana and the US had resulted in Ghana benefitting from the Millennium Challenge Account and other social and military assistance programmes and added that more assistance is needed in training and logistics for the Ghana Armed Forces.

He said cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking had led to a significant reduction in the illicit trade and with the emergence of Boko Haram in Nigeria, there was the need for more support in counter terrorism efforts.

Gen Fraser III expressed satisfaction with the partnership between the two countries.

“These partnership programmes have been extremely successful over the years, enabling us to have the opportunity to understand your requirements and the ability to prioritise means of addressing them” he said.

Gen Fraser III said together with maritime forces, TRANSCOM had developed tactic, techniques and procedures to effectively fight piracy and considerable success had been achieved.