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Defence Minister cautions Ghanaian soldiers on peace-keeping against illicit sex

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The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, has cautioned Ghanaian soldiers who go on peace-keeping operations not to engage in any sexual activities with residents of their operational area since that is against the rules and regulations of the United Nations  peace-keeping operations.

The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, has cautioned Ghanaian soldiers who go on peace-keeping operations not to engage in any sexual activities with residents of their operational area since that is against the rules and regulations of the United Nations  peace-keeping operations.

 

He said Ghana’s image in the UN Peace-keeping mission is held in high esteem and so every effort must be made to guard and protect that enviable record.

Mr Nitiwul said any Ghanaian soldier who would engage in any acts of indiscipline while on peace-keeping mission would be sacked from the Ghana Armed Forces, irrespective of the person’s rank.

The Defence Minister was speaking at a durbar of all ranks held in his honour at the Third Battalion of Infantry in Sunyani as part of his maiden visit to the barrack. The occasion was used to interact with the soldiers and brief them about efforts by government to address their concerns.

Mr Nitiwul advised the troops to desist from partisan politics and rather focus on their core mandate as enshrined in the 1992 constitution of Ghana.

The Minister disclosed that Operation Vanguard, the Joint military-Police Taskforce set up by government to deal with illegal mining activities will extend their operations to the Brong Ahafo Region next year.

“Government’s desire to end illegal mining activities across the country still remains unabated and in the light of this, Operation Vanguard would extend its operations to the Brong Ahafo Region come early next year.”

The Defence Minister re-echoed the need for the military to join forces with other security agencies to clamp down on smuggling of cocoa to neighboring countries, secure Ghana’s borders and also check illegal lumbering activities.

Touching on the welfare of the officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Minister said government has started the re-generation project which is meant to improve the well-being of the soldiers.

Under the project, he said, existing structures at the various barracks which are in deplorable state would be renovated while new accommodation facilities would also be provided to improve their living conditions in the barracks.