Accra, April 10, GNA - Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay, Chief of Defence Staff, said the alumni of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) had initiated a project to build a two-storey 16-room residential accommodation at a cost of GH ¢ 500,000.
He said it would be completed and handed over to the GMA during its academy's anniversary parade in June this year.
Lt. Gen Blay was speaking at an Alumni and Family Fun games to commemorate GMA 50th anniversary celebration at the El Wak Stadium in Accra on Saturday.
Army officers and their wives competed against cadet corps in soccer, volley ball, basket ball, tug of war, ludu, oware, scrabble, draught, playing of cards and other indoor games.
Lt. Gen Blay said the initiative of the alumni was to help solve the infrastructure problems of the academy to make it a modern and effective training institution.
"Fifty years of the academy has seen virtually no infrastructural improvement or addition," he said adding that the existing structures were woefully inadequate to meet modern demands. We owe our alma mater some obligation to change its situation for the better," the CDS said.
Lt Gen Blay noted that the army command had also earmarked the provision of facilities such as a library, a model room, equipment for lecture rooms, residential accommodation for students, lecture rooms, an equip gym, a resource centre and a swimming pool, and appealed to Ghanaians to contribute towards these projects.
He advised Ghanaians to do constant exercise to improve upon their health.
Brigadier General Obed Akwa, Commander of the GMA, said the school had trained more than 3000 officers and men since its inception in 1960 and it has currently admitted 150 students.
Prizes were given to teams that emerged victorious in the various events.
Present at the ceremony were Major General Joseph Smith, Minister of Defence, past service commanders, and a section of civilians.