The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presented forty (40) armoured personnel carriers to the Ghana Armed Forces, as part of the Government’s efforts to retool and equip the military.
A post sighted by newstodaygh.com on the President’s official Facebook page read: “On Wednesday, 31st March 2021, I presented forty (40) Cobra II Armoured Personnel Carriers to the Ghana Armed Forces, which will help us contain even better the security threats posed at our northern borders, as well as provide the necessary protection for our western and eastern frontiers.”
Addressing a ceremony at the Burma Camp on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, the President stated that since taking office in 2017, his Government has been working to satisfy the logistical and personnel needs of the Armed Forces.
It will be recalled that in December 2019, the President made a similar presentation of vehicles which comprised the following;
33 Armoured Personnel Carriers, 41 assorted Toyota vehicles, 3 water tankers, 1 self-loading recovery truck, 1 refrigeration van, and 5 utility vehicles for waste disposal and management.
“I did indicate in my address on that day that there was more to come. As you know by now, a Government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a promise-keeping one, and I am here to redeem that pledge,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “Today, I am here to present 40 Cobra II Armoured Personnel Carriers, which, according to military standards, are very strong and versatile armoured vehicles, and which will help us contain even better the security threats posed at our northern borders, as well as provide the necessary protection for our western and eastern frontiers.”
He commended the Ghana Armed Forces for their continued commitment to the on-going Operations “CONQUERED FIST” and “MOTHERLAND”, which is intended to create a secure, peaceful atmosphere at the northwestern, northern and northeastern borders of the country.
The President urged the Ghana Armed Forces to continue to collaborate with the Ministries of National Security, Interior, Foreign Affairs and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), as well as all relevant MDAs, to ensure that the country maintains a robust security presence that will be a deterrent to potential aggressors, who may want to derail the political and socio-economic gains chalked so far.
“We all know that the rapid economic transformation and accelerated growth that we seek can only be realized in an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and security. I assure you that Government will continue to address your logistical needs, and we will work to provide resources through our re-equipment programme, and help ensure that you are properly equipped to perform your roles effectively and efficiently,” “and to use them (vehicles) for the benefit of our country and its people.” he added.
The President urged the Ghana Armed Forces, an institution noted for it’s high discipline among its ranks and file, to pay particular attention to the maintenance of the vehicles.