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24.03.2009 General News

Marfo tours Third Garrison ....Millitary personnel call for assistance

By Michael Boateng, Sunyani - Ghanaian Chronicle

To acquaint himself with the challenges facing the Military personnel and other workers at the Third Garrison in Sunyani and how to help solve them, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo has paid a day's working visit to the Barracks.

Mr. Nyamekye Marfo noted that there was the need for the Army to help maintain the peace being enjoyed by Ghanaians, as he commended them for their valuable role played during the recent electioneering period.

He reminded Officers and men of the military that the nation's security was paramount and therefore, it was important for the military to discharge their duties in a manner that would secure the country and its citizenry.

“I acknowledge and admire the military open day, which allows civilian to get closer to the military, unlike the previous years when the barracks was a scary place for civilians”, Mr. Marfo reiterated.

According to the Minister, the open day should be sustained to encourage the civilians to have a lot of confidence in the military, as well as relating with members of the public.

He assured them of government's support in terms of provision of logistics and their maintenance, through constant interactions between them and the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).

The Commanding Officer of the Garrison took the Minister and his entourage round to inspect some facilities at the barracks, including the Health Centre, place of convenience, water supply facilities and school projects, which needed some renovation works.

At the Health centre it was noted that the facility was in a deplorable state, with part of its roof and nets on the windows ripped off.

The personnel appealed for a new public toilet facility, since the old one, which is the sole public toilet facility at the barracks, is in a deplorable state, with the part of the roof ripped off, which makes it difficult to use when it rains.

An appealed for the mechanization of the boreholes at the barracks was also made to the Regional Minister to supplement the only existing solar powered-borehole in addressing the issue of water scarcity.

The Regional Minister was called upon to consider assisting the military to continue the construction of a Daycare building project, which according to the Military personnel, was started by Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings' 31st December Women's Movement, but has been abandoned.

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