Major- General Obeng Boamah Akwa, Chief of Army Staff, Ghana Armed Forces, has assured Ghanaians of the Army’s preparedness to provide security before, during and after the general elections.
Major-General Akwa said Armed Forces had the constitutional mandate to protect the country and it was committed to ensuring that every citizen lived without fear and panic.
He gave the assurance during a working visit to Bawku upon assumption of office as the Chief of Army staff, to have first-hand information about the area and assess the welfare of soldiers operating in the area.
He said the Armed Forces were adequately resourced with logistics that would enable them to perform their duties effectively before, during and after the election.
He said apart from the Army’s overseas missions with the United Nations, it had also deployed personnel to keep peace and protect lives and property at the various hot spots in the country, including Bawku and Bolgatanga, Yendi and Bimbila in the Northern Region, and Alavanyo in the Volta Region.
Major-General Akwa later paid a courtesy call on the Bawku Naba, Asigri Abugragoe Azoka II, paramount chief of the Bawku Traditional Area, and some political and opinion leaders in the area.
He said a permanent military garrison would be established in the area to enable the people to enjoy uninterrupted peace.
Naba Azoka commended the Armed Forces and other sister security agencies for their effort in maintaining peace to enable the people to run their businesses freely.
He called on the people not to use the election as an excuse to cause disturbances in the area saying anyone caught in an unlawful act would be dealt with according to the laws of the country.