President John Mahama has approved an increase in the allowances of all soldiers who embark on peacekeeping missions to 700 dollars and allowance for all uniformed personnel has also been increased to GHC120.
These new approvals take effect from 3 September, 2016 and follows concerns raised by the military personnel when the president visited the Burma Camp in August.
The president further announced that all civilians who work with the military would also get a GHC 40 increment in their allowances. These new allowances were made at the commissioning of new military officers at the Military Academy in Teshie on Friday, September 16, 2016.
The president said “I recall my interaction with you at the Burma Hall last month on 11th August, 2016 during my working visit to the Burma camp. A number of issues were raised and as a listening father I have considered them.
“I have therefore approved a recommendation from the Military High Command and Armed Forces Council for the introduction of a Ghana government paid leave allowance of 700 US dollars for all ranks on external peacekeeping missions.
“Rationed allowances for all uniformed personnel have also been increased to GHC 120 and clothing allowances for civilian employees has also been increased to GHC40. These adjustments take effect from 3rd September 2016 and we shall continue to upwardly review other allowances at the appropriate time.”
The president further indicated that “at the State Banquet Hall last Tuesday I announced that we will in the next four years assist the Ghana Air Force to establish a flight training school which would be a center of excellence in West Africa.
“We’ll increase the numerical strength of the Ghana Armed Forces and continue to provide the needed up-to-date logistics to facilitate and enhance your performance.”