One uniform, one boot for Armed Forces personnel – Minority alleges

The Minority in Parliament alleges that for the past four years, personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces have been issued with one uniform whether at home or on peace keeping operations.

In what it describes as the “True Message of the State of the Nation” delivered on Wednesday, the Minority also alleged that “the ranks from Sergeant upwards have not been given any replacement boots.”

The personnel accommodation problem is deplorable and deteriorating, the messge delivered by Suame Member of Parliament Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu indicated.

“The National Democratic Congress-led government has not been able to add to the residential accommodation project initiated by the New Patriotic Party government,” the Minority Leader told journalists.

He also pointed out that the barracks are battling with poor road networks and water supply.

“The health delivery at the 37 Military Hospital and the Medical Reception Centers in the Garrisons are sinking,” he added.

He said equipment used in medical operations are “becoming obsolete and unserviceable.”

‘Gari and tujimi’

He said the much-taunted Peacekeeping Operations has been bedeviled with feeding deficiency as officers are “fed on ‘Gari’ continuously for one week and when they are being served with rice, they are served with ‘tujimi’.”

The Minority called for better service for personnel.

“The personnel on operations deserve better,” Hon. Mensah-Bonsu stated.

He added that allowances become difficult to access for officers during operations, noting that sometimes it takes between four to six months into operation period before allowances are received.

“Remittances for families at home are unnecessarily delayed to the detriment of family responsibility,” the Minority disclosed.

According to Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, officers appear to have lost interest in overseas training programmes as a result of the treatment meted out to them by government, adding that participation continues to be dwindling.

“It is clear from the foregoing that morale in the Security Services is so low to the extent that it has affected and impacted negatively on their commitment and professionalism,” he said. 

“The Mahama-led government should stop preaching their welfare programme from the roof-tops and walk their talk. Our Security Services must be well resourced and catered for to assure our human security,” he added.

The Minority delivered its state-of-the-nation address after contesting the delivery of President John Dramani Mahama.

According to Members, President Mahama did not paint the correct picture of the state of the nation.