The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has received a major boost as the government has presented some 84 multi-purpose vehicles to the security establishment.
The vehicles, according to President Nana Akufo-Addo, who presided over the commissioning ceremony at the Abugah Square, Gondar Barracks, Burma Camp, includes 33 armoured personnel carriers, 41 assorted Toyota vehicles, three water tankers, one self-loading recovery track, one refrigeration van and five utility vehicles for waste disposal and management.
Mr Akufo-Addo, in his statement, said: "As your Commander-in-Chief, I am taking steps to ensure that your needs are met," Mr Akufo-Addo said.
Deterring Potential Aggressors
President Akufo-Addo urged the Ghana Armed Forces to continue in its efforts aimed at maintaining the peace that Ghana continues to enjoy.
"I urge you to continue to collaborate with the Ministries of National Security, the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Finance, and with the Ghana Revenue Authority as well as all relevant agencies to help maintain a resolute, robust front that will deter potential aggressors from having any thoughts of attempting to destabilise our country or derail our socio-economic gains we have chalked so far", he emphasised.
He further admonished GAF to ensure that it falls on the high level of discipline it is noted for as an institution, to maintain the vehicles.
For his part, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, in his speech, said that the gesture of the government of Ghana will certainly reduce the transportation challenges of the GAF.
"By this gesture, the gap has been narrowed as far as our transportation requirements are concerned," the Chief of Defence Staff stated.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwu,l has reiterated the government's commitment to retooling the Ghana Armed Forces.
He noted that the vehicles presented will go a long way to support the Armed Forces in the performance of their duty of securing the territorial integrity of Ghana.