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Minister For Defence Meets The Press


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A National Petroleum Security Co-ordinating Committee (PSCC) has been established with the sole objective to provide a safe and congenial operational environment for the oil and gas industry to thrive in the country.

The seven-member Committee has been tasked to ensure a safe and secure land, and sea environment within which the oil and gas exploration, extraction, production and marketing companies can operate freely within the confines of international law.

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Taking his turn at the Meet-the-Press-series in Accra, yesterday, Minister for Defence, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith, stated that the Committee would coordinate all security activities, establish communication networks and maintain a database on equipment and personnel in the industry.

Lt. Gen. Smith said the Committee was up to its duties and would live up to the expectations of Ghanaians to ensure the provision of secure and congenial environment for the oil and gas industry to thrive in Ghana.

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Touching on enlistment and recruitment into the Armed Forces, the Minister disclosed that more youth have continued to show interest in the sector.

He said a total of one hundred and six officer cadets were commissioned on the 14th of September, this year, after sixteen months of training, while a total of fifty-one officer cadets were currently undergoing training at the Ghana Military Academy.

“The last batch of seven hundred and ninety-two qualified personnel, recruited in 2011 for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, have completed their training and passed out this September,” he added.

Lt. Gen. Smith disclosed that provisions were being made for funding to address problems of accommodation for offices, barracks and training facilities.

He underscored the need for the Armed Forces to be continually re-equipped and its damaged facilities repaired in order to prevent massive equipment shortfalls.

According to him, government was making arrangements with local and foreign companies to construct residential accommodation for both officers and other ranks, adding that, the rehabilitation of power supply and sewage plants to all Garrisons was progressing steadily.

The Bundase Training camp, he said, had seen considerable infrastructural development with the assistance of the Ministry’s American training partners.

“The government has drawn plans to establish military units, helipads and bases in various areas across the country. Included in this plan is the establishment of Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) with helipads in the Western Region”, Lt. Gen. Smith said.

Source: ISD (Adjoa Agyei and Isaac Parbey)



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