Deputy Defence Minister Calls For United Front Against Terrorism

The Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon Alex Segbefia has called on stake holders in peace and stability around the sub-region to come together to fight the recent terrorism menace.

The honourable Minister made this known at the official handing-over of some Military equipment to the Ghana Armed Forces by the German Armed Forces Technical Advisory Group (GAFTAG) at Burma Camp.

According to him, the continent has terrorists as a common enemy facing it and therefore the need to strongly fight the cancer with the needed equipments.

Speaking about the gesture he averred that, GAFTAG has been at the forefront of the Federal Republic of Germany Equipment Aid programme to the Ghana Armed Forces since 2005 and its focus is mainly on supporting the Ghana Engineer Company as they train as part of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Standby Force.

The 1.5 million Euros worth equipment included Nine Mantrac troop carrying vehicles, two Speed Boats, four Belly Bridges, Spraying Oven, Mobile Break Testing machine, Engine carrier, shock absorbers, alignment machine, GD 4X4 Benz, compressor, trolley jerk and other equipment.

Mrs Doris Barnet, leader of the German delegation that handed over the equipment to GAF also stated that, the equipment is to help in African peacekeeping and development.

‘’We are happy to assist Ghana to improve upon its infrastructure and together with the German Advisory Group, Ghana has become a pillar of the African Standby Force and this will improve the bilateral relation between Ghana and Germany’’ she opined.

At the ceremony GAFTAG also handed over completed projects such as infrastructural improvement at the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technical Training School (EMETTS), renovation and re-equipping of Base Workshop main shop and the construction of a borehole. Renovation and equipping of a Battery shop, installation of vulcanizing machines, construction of a new Ablution unit for the Workshop and a 7.5 metre depth borehole which will provide water to the Chiringa barracks, Arakan and EMETTS student accommodation block.

GAFTAG has also completed the construction of a one storey-seven-classroom block, a 70-man accommodation block for students, an administration block and eight mechanical and electrical workshop which were commissioned in 2010.

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