President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said government has fulfilled its promise to the military personnel by increasing the United Nations Peacekeeping Troops contribution allowances.
He said the allowance has been increased from $30 to $35 per soldier per day and as promised, they will continue to pay the troops regularly.
President Akufo-Addo said this on Thursday when delivering the 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA) at Parliament in Accra.
He said government would continue to provide modern equipment to them so that they can achieve their mandate.
“We will continue to modernize and provide the equipment needed by the Military to help them carry out their mandate effectively and I will be presenting to the Ghana Armed Forces 50 ANKAI Buses, the first tranche of the 138 Staff and operational vehicles of various categories and 26 dispatch motorcycles”, he said.
Government would also, the President said, provide the Army with 30 Otokar Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) and six Fast Patrol Boats for the Navy.
President Akufo-Addo said they would also provide improved training facilities by transforming the Military Academy into a world class institution and expand the housing project from six -16 flats to 44, and begin constructing 160 two-bedroom apartments across the country.
He said, this year, they would also complete and commission the 500-bed Military Hospital in the Ashanti Region and begin the third phase of this project.
The SONA is a constitutional obligation that provides a platform for the President to appear before Parliament to state the condition in the country- the progress made over the years and what government intends to do better in the coming years.