President Akufo-Addo, has indicated that all military personnel, as well as other members of the country’s security services, who embark on peacekeeping missions, will, from hence, receive their allowances whilst on tour and not when they arrive in Ghana, after the completion of their duty tour.
According to him, the situation which existed before his administration, where soldiers are paid their peacekeeping allowances, sometimes months after arriving in Ghana, will not be a feature of his administration.
“We will make it a principle that wherever the peacekeeping operation is, the peacekeepers will be paid there. That is the principle, and we are not going to go back on that”, he said.
The President made this known on Saturday, February 18, 2017, when he interacted with the 210 Ghanaian peacekeeping troops stationed in The Gambia, who are part of ECOWAS’ mission to that country.
President Akufo-Addo recounted how, in the run-up to the 2016 election, he indicated publicly that “in our view, those who go on peace keeping operations should be paid where they are and not when they come back to Accra.”
In fulfillment of this pledge, he told the soldiers that “as it is now, the monies that are due to you for the first half of the operation, which is up to the 20th of February, have been released to you. The fifty soldiers who are to remain here for the next three months will also have what is due you released.
All of you going back to Ghana on Monday will be paid in full before you leave here (Gambia).”
This announcement by the President drew spontaneous bouts of applause and appreciation from the soldiers gathered, who described it as a feat never witnessed in the history of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The President revealed that upon his assumption of office, “I was told about the arrears on peacekeeping operations owed to soldiers. I decided to do something about it … and I ordered the release of $13 million to cater for the arrears.”
This decision, he explained, was to ensure that the morale of soldiers are boosted, and to serve as an indication of his commitment to the welfare of the Ghana Armed Forces.[bctt tweet=”Peacekeeping soldiers will be paid while on battlefield – Akufo-Addo ” username=”bjrlivefm”]