THE Chief of Army Staff, Major General J.N. Adinkrah, has appealed to the various regional co-ordinating councils (RCCs) to support the infantry battalions (troops) in their respective regions to enable them to discharge their duties efficiently and help maintain the relative peace the people are enjoying.
He also called for co-operation from the public for the military to enable it to discharge its constitutionally mandated duties efficiently without trampling on the rights of any citizen.
Maj Gen Adinkrah made the appeal when he called on the Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku, at his office as part of his maiden visit as the Chief of Army Staff to the 3 Garrison (3 Infantry Battalion) at the Liberation Barracks in Sunyani.
The Chief of Army Staff, who had toured the barracks and interacted with the officers and men of the Garrison earlier in the day, said he had paid a similar visit to Tamale and Kumasi to interact with the troops there.
The Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and the three Northern regions form the Northern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces.
He also visited the conflict areas in the three northern regions, particularly Bawku, to access the situation on the ground.
Maj Gen Adinkrah, who was accompanied by Brigadier Gen C.K. Ocran, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Northern Command, and Lt Colonel Amoah Ayisi, the Commanding Officer of the 3 Garrison in Sunyani, said the troops were always ready to support the various RCCs to help maintain law and order in their various regions to create a congenial environment for all to go about their activities peacefully.
He thanked the Brong Ahafo RCC for the support it had been providing the troops in Sunyani to enhance their performance during operations and called for more assistance from the various RCCs to the barracks to make living conditions there better for the troops.
Mr Opoku, in his response, thanked the Chief of Army Staff and his entourage for the visit and pledged the RCC’s continuous support to the 3 Garrison to enable the troops to assist in the maintenance of peace in the region.
He disclosed that the government would soon come up with a policy that would provide the military and all other security agencies with the necessary logistics and support for them to effectively maintain of law and order, saying without peace there would not be development.
He added that the first pillar of the Better Ghana agenda was the maintenance of peace, which was a pre-requisite for the rapid socio-economic development of the nation.
Maj Gen Adinkrah’s tour at the Liberation Barracks took him to the Medical Centre which caters for the officers and men of the 3 Garrison and their families, as well as the surrounding communities, and gave the assurance that it would be renovated soon to enable it to deliver quality health care.
Other problems that came to the fore during the Chief of Army Staff’s visit were the water supply to homes, sewerage treatment plant and bad roads at the barracks.