13 February 2013

Ghana: Bawku Needs a Military Barracks - Woyongo

The Minister-designate for Defence, Mark Woyongo, has advocated the establishment of a military barracks at Bawku to ensure a lasting peaceful atmosphere for the present and future generations.

"There is the need to establish a barracks or battalion at Bawku to take care of the security needs of the citizenry in the area. Today, we may not be under threat, but who knows tomorrow?" he quizzed.

According to the former Upper East Regional Minister, despite the relatively peaceful atmosphere in the area after suffering numerous of conflicts, it was still necessary to establish a military post in the area to respond rapidly to any security threat that may arise in future.

Besides, he said, the area shares a common border with Togo and Burkina Faso, and therefore, stressed the need for the immediate establishment of a military battalion to augment the operations of other security agencies in the area.

Mr. Woyongo made this observation last Friday, when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for public vetting on his newly-assigned ministerial role by President John Dramani Mahama.

He stressed the need to continuously resource the Ghana Armed Forces to make them ready to respond to any security threat that may befall the country, both internally and externally.

Commenting on the military-civilian relationship, the sector minister-designate noted that the friendly relationship that once existed between the civilian and the military seemed to have fallen apart.

He said when given the nod to manage the Ministry of Defence, he would ensure the revival of the military-civilian relationship, by stepping up the work of the Field Engineers who were once the brains behind the construction of bridges in rural Ghana.

Notwithstanding the stepping up of the activities of the Field Engineers, Mr. Woyongo said he would also ensure the promotion of more outdoor games that would bring civilian and military personnel together.

"When we start this, we will be building bridges between the military and the civilians," he noted.

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