The Veteran Administration of Ghana (VAG), is to construct an ultra-modern hospital at Amasaman, in the Ga West municipality of the Greater Accra Region, to cater for retired military personnel, their families and the public.
The edifice, which would have a theatre, wards and gymnasium would replace the existing medical post, which operates without beds and modern equipment.
The Executive Director of VAG Colonel Chris Nutakor (rtd), disclosed this yesterday at the launch of the poppy appeals fund and the 70th anniversary celebration of the end of the Second World War, in Accra on Wednessday.
It was on the theme, “Seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the formation of the United Nations; search for global peace and the Ghanaian veteran today”.
Col. Nutakor said the VAG operates three legion villages at Amasaman, Kumasi and Yendi, where there are aged and some destitute veterans and their immediate families, stay.
Touching on its projects, Col. Nutakor said the administration intended to build an event centre, establish a block manufacturing factory at Amasaman, construct a VAG complex near the Ako Adjei interchange, and a commercial hub at the former legion village near the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra.
The chairman of the VAG governing board, Commodore Steve Obimpeh (rtd) said considering the huge burden on the government coupled with the world economic hardship, the administration was determined to venture into income and internally generated activities to help cater for the veterans.
Commodore Obimpeh said 70 years after the end of the second World War was a long time, and most of the younger generation had no clue and do not understand the importance of the celebration.
Veterans Associations all over the world, he said, were formed to bring the attention of governments and people to the plight and suffering of veterans and their dependants noting that as a result of their sacrifices on ensuring peace, many lost their lives, some lost their limbs and others their sanity.
Sadly, Commodore Obimpeh said, many of them had dependants who relied on them for support and urged the public to donate funds or buy the poppy to raise funds towards the upkeep of the veterans and to embark on its intended projects.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour & Emelia Enyonam Kuleke