Government has increased the Peace Keeping allowance for personnel of the Ghana Army from $31 to $35 effective January 1 this year.
Government is also amending the Armed Forces regulation of 1986 LI 1332 to review the service years of personnel of the forces from 25 to 30 years.
President Akufo-Addo who made the statement in Accra at the annual WASSA of the Ghana Armed Forces asked Ghanaians to see him as a man of his words.
The Annual WASSA of the Ghana Armed Forces is an event to appreciate the work of the various ranks and also take stock of activities of the forces and plan for the years ahead.
Ghana’s Army is considered one of the best in terms of peace keeping. This feat, the President wants to maintain.
He acknowledged challenges facing the country’s security agencies and was grateful to the Armed Forces for putting their lives on the line to safeguard Ghana’s territorial integrity.
President Akufo-Addo announced increases in the peacekeeping allowance of personnel from $31 to $35. This received a thunderous ovation from the officers and men of the forces.
One of the challenges facing the men in uniform is accommodation. This did not escape their Commander-In-Chief who promised them decent accommodation.
The President cited the budget presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta which made provision for renovation of all military barracks.
President Akufo-Addo committed his government to retooling the three services that make up the Ghana Armed Forces.
He said his government is in the process of amending the Armed Forces law to increase the number of service years from 25 to 30 years.
President Akufo-Addo announced the renovation of the 37 Military Hospital and the construction of a new military hospital in Tamale.
Personnel who distinguished themselves in their line of duty were honoured.
The Chief of the Defence Staff, Major General Obed Akwa called for constant upgrade of equipment and training of the men in uniform to catch up with modern trend in crime and insurgency.
Speaking at the Annual WASSA of the Ghana Armed Forces, Major General Akwa says the Armed Forces are ready to ensure Peace and Security across the country.