Thursday 22 February 2018
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‘Maintain Distance From Togo Crisis’

Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have been
directed to maintain their distance from
the ongoing Togolese crisis between her
government and opposition parties, as
they undertake their constitutionally mandated
duties of protecting lives and properties and
keeping intact, the nation’s territorial
Minister of Defence and Member of Parliament
(MP) for Bimbilla, Dominic Nitiwul, gave the
directive at the 2017 Land Combat and
Firepower Demonstration at Bundase Training
Camp, in the Ningo-Prampram District of the
Greater Accra Region on Friday, 27th October,
2017 when he addressed the troops after the
“Although we are all brothers and sisters in the
West, all we can do to help our neighbours to
resolve their conflict for now, is to stay away
until such a time that government, through
ECOWAS, takes any decision concerning the
issues,” the defence minister said.
The minister also revealed that on issues of
development projects in Ghana, the
government has planned to roll in the GAF in
the construction of bridges, roads and rail and,
to partner the National Service Scheme in tree
planting activities, adding that “no nation
develops without the active participation of her
armed forces.”
Additionally, on adequately equipping the GAF,
the minister revealed that the government was
putting all helicopters of the Air Force into
good shape and has further sent the two (2) MI
helicopters abroad for overhauling and that
they will return almost new, for good use.
Furthermore, the MP noted that he was
committed to providing luxurious buses for
by the first quarter of 2018 to aid in their long
distance travels for exercises and assignments
in large numbers, to avoid unnecessary use of
uncomfortable vehicles.
On Operation Vanguard – the anti-illegal mining
task-force – the minister stated that since
intelligence gathered indicates that the illegal
miners have shifted activities into the nights
to outwit the task force, night goggles to
enhance night vision are being procured for
such purposes.
The Minister’s remarks came on the heels of
revelations by Brigadier General Abraham
Yeboah Nsiah, Chief Staff Officer (CSO), Army
Headquarters, during the demonstration that
one round of ammunitions of the 106mm and
122mm weapons, per current trends, costs
between $1,108 and $3,500, depending on the
nature and type of ammunition.

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