Major- General Obeng Boamah Akwa, the Chief of the Army Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, has assured Ghanaians of the Army’s preparedness to provide security before, during and after the general election.
Major-General Akwa said the constitutional mandate of the Armed Forces was to protect the country and it was committed to ensuring that every citizen lived without fear and panic.
Major-General Akwa gave the assurance during a working visit to Bawku upon assumption of office as the Chief of Army staff, to have firsthand information about the area and to see to the welfare of soldiers operating in the area.
He said the Armed Forces was adequately resourced with logistics that would aid it to perform its 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 including Bawku and Bolgatanga, Yendi and Bimbila in the Northern Region and Alavayo in the Volta Region.
Major-General Akwa 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 put up in the area to enable the people 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