Government arranging credit to equip armed forces

The government is negotiating a credit package to procure more logistics and equipment for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to enhance their performance, President John Mahama has announced.

He said some of the logistics and military hardware that would be purchased for the GAF would be deployed in the various peacekeeping theatres.

President Mahama made this known when the presidential security celebrated its West African Soldiers Social Activity (WASSA) at the Castle Gardens, Osu in Accra,   last Tuesday.

The various security agencies use the annual get-together to take stock of their activities and chart the way forward in a relaxed atmosphere.

President Mahama said over the last four years the logistic requirements of the military and the security agencies in general had been met to a greater extent,  citing the acquisition of aeroplanes,  helicopters, fast-attack boats and armoured personnel carriers for them.

He pledged that the government would liaise with the National Security Coordinator’s outfit to resolve the challenges confronting the security agencies, including issues bordering on welfare and remuneration.

The President said the economy was faced with some short-term challenges but added that painstaking measures had been taken to address the situation.

He noted that the difficult decisions taken to solve the economic challenges might not be popular but they were in the best interest of the country and would yield the desired results.

Beginning next month, President Mahama  said,  the  government would organise durbars for the security agencies to provide a platform for the explanation of policies and issues bordering on the economy to them.

He commended the security agencies for exhibiting a high sense of dedication and loyalty in the discharge of their duties, noting that they had been working in very challenging circumstances.

“I have asked the Chief of Staff to work with the Security Co-ordinator to resolve your challenges,” he stated, adding that issues to be tackled would include training.

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