THE Ghana Armed Forces has decried the misconception and negative comments on social media regarding the recent increment in peacekeeping allowance to troops.
It said negative comments intended to downplay the efforts in promoting troops welfare by government was in bad state and did not augur well for the cohesion of the Ghana Armed Forces.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by the Director of Public Relations, Col. Eric Aggrey-Quashie said its attention has been drawn to misconception and negative comments especially on social media in respect of the increment of peacekeeping allowances by $31.00 per month as announced by President John Dramani Mahama last Thursday at an all ranks durbar at Burma Camp in Accra.
It explained that the monthly rate per soldier as paid by the United Nations since July 2014 had been pegged at $1,332.00 out of which $900.00 each was paid to the soldiers on a monthly basis with the remainder expended on pre-operational training activities which includes feeding, clothing, medicals and other logistics and ancillary services.
‘With effect from July this year, the United Nations increased the monthly rate by $32.00 (approx.$1.06 per day) hence the decision by government to accordingly increase the monthly allowances to troops by $31.00 per month (approx $1.00 per day),’ the statement said.
It said invariably, the increment by the United Nations had all been passed to the troops.
‘It is therefore unfortunate, the negative comments being circulated in a cross section of the media and on social media aimed at creating disaffection in respect of an otherwise genuine concern to promote troops welfare,’ it added.
The statement said the Ghana Armed Forces acknowledged that peacekeeping allowances for troops had from time immemorial been increased by government in accordance with the United Nations’ periodic increments. In this particular case, the $32.00 increment by the UN had virtually been passed on to troops.
By Times Reporter