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No Army property has been sold – Ghana Armed Forces

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has vehemently denied engaging in

indiscriminate sale of any of its lands and properties.

A statement signed by GAF's Acting Director of Public Relations,

Lieutenant Colonel E. Aggrey-Quarshie said the various allegations

which have been leveled against the GAF administration are either

"false or half-truths."

A group called Alliance for Safeguarding the Integrity of the Security

Services (ASISS) earlier this week alleged that the Armed Forces was

indiscriminately selling its properties.

ASISS listed a number of lands and properties that they claim had been

sold or given to private developers including the No.1 Roman ridge

residence, Army officers Mess, 1 Drake Avenue, Labadi Villa's land and

Teshie Camp (portions have been sold).

They therefore demanded an explanation saying, "these properties

belong to the nation, and citizens have the right to know all

circumstances surrounding their sale" and further threatened that "if

no satisfactory and reasonable reasons are given, we shall use all

means at our disposal to stop private developments taking place on

those properties."

But according to Lt. Col. Aggrey-Quarshie, the Force has not "sold

anything so if they have anything to prove that we've sold something

to anybody, they should bring it out."

He disclosed that GAF was undertaking a number of expansion and

developmental projects for the benefits of the men and women of the

Force so "if we are undertaking these projects and you say we have

stolen this land, then I think they are not being fair to us or they

don't know what they are talking about."

In an interview on Eyewitness News, Lt. Col. Aggrey-Quarshie clarified

that GAF has entered a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement

with private developers to maximize the Force's 10 acre land at

Airport in Accra.

"Five acres of that will be given to them under some conditions in the

form of a lease and after some time, this thing can be

renegotiated…the Ghana Armed Forces is going to get 28 bungalows

instead of the 10 that is originally there, he said.

"They are going to use the five acres for their own project but we are

going to get 20 bungalows on the other five acre land and an

additional eight at Burma Camp," he added.

According to him, GAF is using its lands as equity while partners are

providing funds to undertake the projects for the benefit of the

entire Armed Forces.

He thus insisted that "we've not sold any land to anybody!" insisting

that "whatever arrangements we have done have gone through value for

money analysis…a lot of due diligence has gone into this whole

exercise."

The GAF however expressed regret that the signatories of the group who

are all retired military officers failed to check the "veracity of

their information" before making their allegations public.

Credit: Citifmonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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