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MPs APPROVE $100m FOR MILITARY HOUSING PROJECT AND TESHIE ACADEMY FACELIFT

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Parliament yesterday approved, by consensus, a US$100 million facility for the construction of world-class-standard accommodation for the military as well as rehabilitation of dilapidated structures.

Parliament yesterday approved, by consensus, a US$100 million facility for the construction of world-class-standard accommodation for the military as well as rehabilitation of dilapidated structures.

 

Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul recently announced that the government, through the efforts of President Akufo-Addo, had secured a $100m facility for a facelift to the Ghana Military Academy, located in Teshie, a suburb of Accra, as well as for the construction of befitting housing for military personnel across all garrisons of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

Addressing officers and civilian staff of the armed forces, he said: “Through the support of President Akufo Addo, we have laid in Parliament a loan agreement of $100m which he says will be used to ‘change the face’ of the Ghana Military Academy at Teshie.”

The Minister added that part of the money “will be used to construct befitting housing facilities and accommodation for our troops, particularly those of the other ranks, across all the garrisons of the Ghana Armed Forces in Tamale, in Accra, in Secondi-Takoradi, Sunyani and in Kumasi”.

Secure homes

On March 21, the Minister of Defence presented to Parliament the commercial agreement between Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Defence) and Poly Changda Overseas Engineering Company Ltd and the Poly Technologies, Inc of the People’s Republic of China for monies to be spent on the projects.

A report by the committee on defence and the interior, acting in concert with the leadership of the finance committee, noted that since new officers and officers of other ranks are being enlisted every year, there are sure to be great challenges in securing accommodation.

The vice-chairman of the committee on defence and the interior, Collins Owusu Amankwah, told the House that in view of the envisaged problems with housing, the government had to execute the project to address the challenges.

Projects

He revealed that a consortium, made up Poly Technologies, Inc and the Poly Changda Overseas Engineering group, has been working with the GAF for the past 15 years and has undertaken various projects successfully.

He mentioned some of these as the construction of aircraft hangars at the Tamale and Takoradi air force bases; construction of the Ghana Armed Forces Integrity Savings and Loans Company office; construction of the accommodation for troops; and construction of the new Military Cemetery at Burma Camp in Accra.

The objective of the projects, the report says, is to help provide the GAF with decent, modern accommodation to enable recruits to perform their core function of defending Ghana’s territorial integrity.

Facilities to be constructed under the project include 160 two-bedroom, half-compound houses, 176 two-bedroomed flats, a two-storey building for the Military Academy classroom, and an administration block for the Academy with 48 offices and conference rooms.

Other facilities are a hostel with 240 self-contained rooms, a 640-capacity auditorium, a platoon commander’s block containing four two-bedroomed flats on each floor, and a fence wall around the entire perimeter of the Ghana Military Academy.

Ghanaian jobs

The Deputy Minister for Defence, Major (rtd) Derek Oduro, told the Daily Statesman that the project will go a long way to help create jobs for Ghanaians.

He mentioned that unlike under previous governments, when only 20 per cent of any contract was allocated to Ghanaians, this arrangement follows an “all local content” policy under which Ghanaians will be employed to work in all of the project’s departments.

“From labourer, mason and foreman to engineering and architecture ‒ all are Ghanaian,” Major Oduro said.