New Military base for protection of Ghana’s oil resources

Ken Sackey, GNA

Accra, Oct. 19, GNA –
Government has signed a contract for the construction of a Forward Operating
Base at Nzulebu in the Western region to enable the Ghana Navy to better
protect Ghana’s oil resources, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

government in conjunction with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, have
ordered six patrol boats to enable the navy to patrol and secure the country’s
exclusive economic zone, resources and oil fields.

The President
Akufo-Addo made the disclosure on Friday after reviewing a spectacular
graduation parade of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA), Teshie, a suburb of
Accra, where he commissioned 138 cadets of the institution into the Ghana Armed
Forces (GAF).

The parade, which
featured cadets from the Regular Career Course 58 and Short Service
Commission/Special Duty Course 56, had two foreign officers from Guinea.

President Akufo-Addo
told the gathering that government was aware that infrastructural and
logistical constraints were putting undue strain on the efforts of the armed
forces and the Military Academy and Training Schools to provide quality service
and training.

He said that his
government was determined to address the infrastructural challenges of the GAF,
assuring that the needs of the armed forces would be resolved to enhance its
efficiency and morale of troops.

The President said
plans were afoot to build state-of-the-art infrastructure to meet the
requirements of a 21st Century military and training facilities.

Ghana, he said, could
not achieve the kind of economy that would provide the Ghanaian people with a
dignified standard of living without peace and security.

Thus, “You will
be provided with the resources to carry out your mandate effectively…this is
the legacy I will want to bequeath to the Ghana Armed Forces,” he said.

To the
newly-commissioned officers, President Akufo-Addo reminded them that they were
joining a profession whose members had not only upheld its image, but have
continued to ensure that the territorial integrity of the country was preserved
to make it peaceful and stable.

He told them that the
armed forces and Ghanaians expected a lot from them, and in order to execute
the onerous obligation placed on them, they should be guided by the principles
of service, devotion and sacrifice.

Whilst congratulating
the news officers, the President entreated them to discharge their duties
professionally and diligently, and not use their position to antagonise the
citizens whose sacrifices had made their training possible.

He said their
commission into the GAF placed a great responsibility on them to guard against
the temptation to use the uniform to intimidate their civilian counterparts,
who were their natural partners in the development of the nation.

“I entreat you
all to put into practice, the qualities of good leadership instilled in the
Academy…lead exemplary lives and ensure the men under your command also do
the same.”

Second Lieutenant
Daniel Boadu Opoku was adjudged the Best All Round Officer Cadet in the regular
course 58. He received the Sword of Honour from the President.


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