Senin, 10 Desember 2012


Story: Zainabu Issah & Salomey Appiah

THE Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has received 41 vehicles worth #$ 3.2 million dollars from the Chinese Government to compliment its fleet of vehicles and enhance its operational capacity.

The vehicles comprise 15 Yutong buses and 26 Steyr Troop carrying trucks with accompanying spare parts.

The presentation was intended to ensure that the GFA undertook what was most relevant during peacetime and also improve on the combat readiness of the GAF.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony in Accra, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Gong Jianzhong, said the donation was in fulfilment of an agreement signed between Ghana and China to provide the military with equipment.

He said Ghana was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China and the friendship had lasted for over 52 years.

Mr Jianzshong said that the two countries had forged a deep relationship by supporting and helping each other in their respective pursuits of national independence and development. 

He said China was committed to building a stronger bilateral relationship with Ghana and other developing countries as well as work with them to uphold their legitimate rights and interests.

 “We will continue to support efforts to increase their representation and choice in international affairs and will remain a reliable friend and sincere partner of other developing countries,” he said.

Receiving the donation, the Minister of Defence, Lt General Joseph Henry Smith, said the vehicles would help reinforce the second line transport resources which had drastically diminished due to wear and tear over the years.

He said the vehicles would also enhance training programmes which were relevant during peacetime.
Lt Gen Smith said the arrival of the vehicles was significant to the military since  they were preparing for today’s general election.

“It is significant to note that these vehicles are coming at a time the GAF is gearing itself to support the Electoral Commission in organising the December 7 elections” he said.

He lauded the Chinese Government for fulfilling its promise, and encouraged the staff of the GAF to judiciously use the vehicles to further enhance their capacity to perform their roles in national development.

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