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25.01.2006 General News

Govt to build second military hospital

By GNA

Kumasi, Jan. 25, GNA- The government is sourcing funding to build a second military hospital in Kumasi to cater for officers and men of the Northern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces and their civilian counterparts.

Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor, Minister of Defence, who announced this, said land at the old soldiers settlement at Sofoline, in Kumasi, has been earmarked for the intended hospital project.

He said as soon as funds were available, the project would take off.

Dr Addo-Kufuor said these when Brigadier-General J.N. Adinkrah, General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Northern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, briefed him on efforts being made by the Command to stop encroachment of the Sofoline land, as part of the Minister's three-day tour of garrisons in the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and the Northern regions. The Minister could not readily disclose the cost of the intended project but said it would run into billions of cedis because of its special nature.

Brig-Gen Adinkrah told Dr Addo-Kufuor that as a first step to protect and ward off encroachers from the land, the Command had renewed the lease on that land.

He said steps were also being taken by the Command to ensure that all encroachers were ejected from the land.

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