- President Nana Akufo Addo has urged the GAF to remain neutral from plarty politics
- He's stated that his government will try to improve working conditions for men and women of the armed forces
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has urged members of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to remain neutral when it comes to the discharge of their duties.
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Addressing men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces at a durbar the Burma Camp, in Accra, President Nana Akufo Addo pointed out that - according to him - functions of the armed forces are "insulated" from party politics regardless of whatever party was elected into power.
He expressed gratitude in the knowledge that the Ghana's military personnel adhered to the "firm and widespread consensus" that the military takes it's authority from the elected government, and stated that the Ghana must refrain from politicizing the military.
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"We do not want NPP soldiers, nor do we want NDC soldiers...we want Ghanaian soldiers who serve any government duly elected by the Ghanaian people with equal zeal and loyalty,” said President Akufo Addo.
President Akufo Addo also stated that Ghana's military community had a great reputation abroad that needs to be protected from political intrusions. The President also added that military personnel who had political aspirations were welcomed to do so, but that they should remember to lay down their arms and uniforms first.
“Those amongst you who want to do politics are very welcome, but please remember first to take off your uniforms and lay down your state-issued arms,” he stressed.
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President nana Akufo Addo also assured gathered members of the armed forces, including the civilian workers, that his government would do all it could to improve their working conditions by providing more manpower, training, and funding.
He also said that his government had approved the release of GHC 26 million to commence the barracks regeneration program. He also touched on the completion of the Kumasi Military Hospital, and also said that August would see ht sod cutting of the Tamale Military Hospital to cater for the medical needs of the Ghana Armed Forces' Northern Command.
He also touched on the sad subject of the late Major Maxwell Mahama, he said: "The matured manner in which you handled the situation has won you respect as an institution whose standards are worthy of emulation."
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