The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), says it will find an antidote to any security situation before and during the November 7 elections if, the police and the other security services failed.
At an engagement with the media in Accra yesterday, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshall Michael Samson-Oje, said the GAF is ready to do all it takes to keep the country together before, during and after the elections.
‘We are ready to do all it takes to keep the country together to ensure that it did not degenerate into chaos, but if it does, we shall apply the right antidotes’, he said.
The CDS stated that the mandate of the Armed Forces was to support the police and other security services in their quest to maintain law and order.
He however urged the media to be circumspect in the discharge of their duties by ensuring that they worked diligently devoid of any acrimony that would spark violence.
Air Marshal Samson-Oje said the campaign temperature was getting heated which is of great concern but assured that together with the police, they were working towards ensuring peace in collaboration with the various stakeholders in the country.
‘I sincerely believe that, if the media played its role effectively and efficiently devoid of any political affiliation, there would be peace in this country’, he said.
On allegation that President Mahama had acquired a rifle with 200 round of ammunition, the CDS said that information may not be true saying no one can carry on himself such a big weapon.
‘You need a bandolier or a very big metal box to hold a rifle that could carry 200 rounds of ammunition’ he said.
Air Marshal Samson-Oje, indicated that whom he read the information in the media, he thought the information probably might be misrepresented.
In his opinion, the President had more than enough security to carry such a gun.
Touching on speculations that the military high command was forcing personnel to join a bank, establish by the Army, the CDS explained that the idea was not to force the personnel to deal with the bank but to create a fund for the welfare of personnel during retirement.
According to him, a decision was earlier arrived at to deduct a minimum of seven and half per cent and a maximum of 12 per cent, from the salaries of personnel to establish a fund which could accrue some benefit for the military force.
He said wherever a personnel was retiring both the capita and the interest would be handed over to the contributor. He said the bank was also granting law interest loans to the personnel to supports them in times of need.
The CDS said the move also sought to address the difficulty members of the Armed Forces whenever they access loans from micro finance institutions with high interest rate.
He said, the fund would be transformed into a bank and branches established in every unit and towns to support the personnel.
‘We are doing all these for the welfare and betterment of the personnel’, he noted maintained.
He stated that the payment of salaries of into the fund was to check ‘ghost names’ in the military pay roll.
‘This is not the first time that a military have owned a bank across the world’ noting, things are changing and there was the need to create room for ideas in the way of doing things in the Ghana Armed Forces.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour
& Aba Aasamoah