President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that he wants Ghanaians to regard him as a man of his word; one who fulfills promises and honours his part of a deal.
This is with regards to promises he made during his campaign to be president in 2016 which he says he is already on course to fulfilling.
The president made this known when he addressed an army of soldiers at their end-of-year get-together popularly known as WASSA where he also announced an increment in the allowances of Ghanaian peacekeepers from US$31 to US$35, effective January 2017 in fulfilment of a manifesto pledge of the New Patriotic Party.
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This was met by spontaneous applause from the officers, men and women of the Armed Forces gathered at the venue.
In realising the vision of a professional, well-disciplined and well-motivated Armed Forces, President Akufo-Addo noted that, during the first few weeks of his assumption of office, an amount of $13 million was released to clear the arrears owed peacekeepers, confident that “as I speak, no soldier is owed any monies arising from peacekeeping duties.”
The President also revealed that a legislative review of the Armed Forces (Amendment) Regulations of 1986 (LI 1332) has begun. Its purpose, he said, “is to extend the serving duration of “Other Ranks” from the current 25 years to 30 years, in fulfilment of the manifesto pledge we made. I want all Ghanaians to see me as a man of my word.”