Allowances payable peacekeepers from the Ghanaian military have been increased by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, from $31 to $35, effective January 2017.
The President disclosed this while addressing the end-of-year get-together of the Ghana Armed Forces (WASSA), on Friday.
the President also indicated that a number of the pledges made to the Ghana Armed Forces have already been fulfilled or were already in motion.
“In furtherance of our commitment to improving your welfare, my administration in fulfillment of a manifesto pledge has increased the peacekeeping allowance, effective January 2017, from US$31 to US$35,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo also announced that legislation processes to increase the service years of other ranks in the nation’s armed forces have been initiated.
“Legislative review of the armed forces amendment regulation of 1986, LI 1332, has begun. Its purpose is to extend the service duration of other ranks from the current 25 years to 30 years in fulfillment of the manifesto promise we made.”
The President also disclosed that $13 million was recently released to clear arrears owed peacekeepers.
“So as I speak, no soldier is owed any money arising from peacekeeping dutiee.
“No matter in what part of the world you find yourself on peacekeeping duties, you will be paid your allowance there. That is the principle and we are not going back on it.”
“We are committed to providing you with modern military equipment, which would complement the training you would receive. Government is also committed to enriching the human resource base of the Armed Forces by supporting initiatives that will provide further education for soldiers, sailors and airmen to enhance further their skills at protecting our territorial integrity.”
“A contented soldier is one whose remuneration does not unduly distract him from his mandate. My government intends to take your welfare seriously,” the President assured.