On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic, delivered 175 cars to the Ghana Armed Forces.
President Akufo-Addo handed 70 Kamaz Utility Troop Carrying Vehicles, 20 BTR-70 Armoured Personnel Carriers, 20 Husky Armoured Vehicles, and 65 Assorted Toyota Vehicles at a ceremony at Gondar Barracks, the Headquarters of the Armed Forces, at Burma Camp.
The President also gave the military several pieces of communication gear.
He has given cars to the armed forces three times in the last three years, the first being on Thursday, 5 December 2019, and the second being on Wednesday, 31 March 2021.
Addressing the gathering, President Akufo-Addo noted that the vehicles and equipment he presented “will go a long way to help GAF contain the security threat from violent extremist and terrorist groups along our northern borders, other internal security challenges as well as support external peacekeeping operations.”
The President praised the Armed Forces for their dedication to ongoing operations, in particular CONQUERED FIST, MOTHERLAND, GONGONG, and HALT II, which are tasked with, respectively, establishing a secure, peaceful environment at the nation’s northwest, northern, and northeastern borders, containing secessionist activities, and dealing with the galamsey threat.
“I urge you to continue to collaborate with the Ministries of National Security, Interior, Foreign Affairs and the Ghana Revenue Authority, as well as all other stakeholder agencies, to ensure that we maintain a robust posture that will deter potential aggressors from derailing the political and socio-economic gains achieved so far,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “There is no doubt that your success in providing the needed all-round security in the country has been made possible through your vigilance and sacrifices, notwithstanding the scarce resources that you have to work with. I am very grateful as your Commander-in-Chief.”
In order to help address the threat from Ghana’s northern border, he explained that Government released funds in 2020 to start re-tooling, construction and upgrading of fifteen (15) Forward Operating Bases and new units, including the 10 and the 11 Mechanised Battalions, and 154 and 155 Armoured Regiments and supporting logistics units.
All these efforts of re-tooling and providing the necessary accommodation units, he explained, “are intended to enhance the efficiency of the Ghana Armed Forces.”