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The Akufo-Addo-led NPP Government has given a firm assurance that it will not abandon any project still uncompleted by the time the last administration left office.

The Akufo-Addo-led NPP Government has given a firm assurance that it will not abandon any project still uncompleted by the time the last administration left office.


It has also disclosed that it will soon initiate a National Barracks Rehabilitation Programme to put back into shape all barracks across the country to ensure that service personnel are available for duty anytime they are called on national contingency service.

It is to that end that government has managed to provide the needed resources, in spite of huge constraints, to enable such projects see completion.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia gave this assurance yesterday when he commissioned Phase II of the Security Services Housing Scheme at the Eastern Naval Command, in Tema.

Commenced in 2014, the fully gated Barracks is made up of 23 blocks comprising a total of 368 apartments. Out of the 23 blocks, 8 blocks are 3-bedroom flats and 15 blocks are 2-bedrooms flats. The facility also comes with a multi-purpose sports facility and a playing ground for personnel and families.

This is the first planned naval barracks in Ghana, and will go a long way to address the accommodation challenges of the Ghana Navy, which is the only service within the Ghana Armed Forces which does not have a well-planned Barracks.

This unfortunate situation of inadequate accommodation facilities facing personnel has compelled most naval personnel to stay in rented civilian accommodation scattered all over Accra and Tema. A big downside of this, according to Senior Naval Officers, is that it makes it difficult to mobilise personnel at short notice to respond to emergencies, and undermines their operational effectiveness.

Recalling such projects abandoned by previous governments, Vice President Bawumia called for continuity in the execution of government projects, saying Ghanaians were the ultimate losers of such decisions.

“I recall that this project was began as I said in 2014 under the previous government and it was at a cost of Ghs101 million. When we came into office the amount outstanding for completion of the project was Ghs45 million and thanks to the pressure put on the Minister of Finance by the Minister for Defence as well as the Minister for Works and Housing, government made payment of about Ghs38 million in December and I think the rest will be done soon,” he further assured.

He was happy that the project was not abandoned because governance is a continuum of policy and programmes, adding that “when one government starts a project, (the next one should) not abandon it; but try and complete it.”

The Vice President continued, “As the Minister for Defence noted, there is a military accommodation project probably about 100 metres away from here, the SSNIT projects which were abandoned. They started in 2007 but were abandoned. Similar projects such as Affordable Housing projects - Wa, Tamale, Koforidua, Asokore Mampong were all abandoned.”

Dr Bawumia, however, pledged that all these projects would be re-initiated and completed.

He also assured the Security Services of government’s commitment to providing them with decent accommodation in order to ensure their operational efficiency, saying “We are currently engaged in discussions for the construction of about 10,000 houses and court structures for the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Services and the Judicial Service.”

On behalf of government, Dr Bawumia expressed its appreciation to the Ghana Armed Forces for their dedicated service to the country, assuring that “Government will do its best to provide all the Security Services with the necessary and well - deserved comfort you and your families deserve.”