President John Dramani Mahama has announced a 700 dollar annual leave package for Ghanaian soldiers on external duty.
Speaking at this year’s military graduation parade at Teshie, the president said the decision was based on a recommendation made to him by administrators of the country’s military.
“I have approved a recommendation from military high command and the armed forces council for the introduction of a Ghana government paid leave allowance of 700 US dollars to all ranks on external peacekeeping operations.”
President Mahama also added that ration allowances for uniformed personnel have also been increased to 120 cedis and clothing allowances for civilian employees have been increased to 40 cedis.
These adjustments according to the president took effect at the beginning of September and that the government will continue to upwardly review other allowances at the appropriate time.
Ghana has been a major contributor to peacekeeping missions since the 1960s to many troubled parts of the world including Congo, Liberia, Lebanon and Cambodia; with more than 100 soldiers sacrificing their lives for world peace.
In August, military men and women expressed dissatisfaction as some of the conditions within which they work. The concerns raised included low wages and their prohibition from a forming labour union unlike other workers.