Ghana’s National Defence Policy which outlines the framework and guidelines for the management of the Ghana Armed Forces to achieve effectiveness and efficiency at all levels, has been revised, Minister for Defence, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, has disclosed.
According to Dr Kunbour, the revision became necessary as a result of the changing face of security through the growth of global inter-connectedness and the discovery of oil and gas in commercial quantities.
The Defence Minister who made these known when he took his turn at the Meet-the-Press-Series in Accra on Tuesday, said the Ministry of Defence remained committed under the guidance of the National Security Council and other stakeholders to pursue policies aimed at maintaining the existing peace and stability in the country.
He said the Ghana Navy had made a lot of progress in its quest towards achieving total surveillance coverage of the maritime domain in the country, having acquired two Offshore Patrol Vessels, helicopter decks and hangars for flight operations in the unit.
Under the United Nations Peace Support Operations, Dr Kunbuor said, currently, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) had 12 missions in Lebanon, Congo, South Sudan, Liberia, Mali, La Cote D’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Western Sahara and Somalia which were deployed as formed troops, observers and Staff Officers.
Touching on issues of Single Spine Salary Arrears, he said no Single Spine arrears were outstanding, adding that a Committee had been set up to address to all the concerns being raised to ensure payment of those owed, if any.
The Minister further explained that though most service men entered the service on the same date with the same salary benefit, they did not exit on the same salary benefit as some had taken loans which needed to be paid and which affected their exiting benefit.
He, however, urged Ex-Service men and Service men at post to ensure they checked their records before finally retiring from service.
Dr Kunbuor disclosed that during the period under review, the Ministry accessed a grant from the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League Funds to set up a Fund to support blind War Veterans in all Commonwealth nations from which 12 blind and partially blind World War II Veterans across Ghana would benefit.
He charged the media to specialise in military reporting so they could understand more about their domain in other to give good feedback to the public.
He also urged the media to educate the public on the need to support the sick and indigent Veterans by donating generously to the Poppy Appeal which would go a long way to support Veterans who laid down their lives for the nation.
Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo & Aliyah Bayali)