The Ghana Navy plays an important role in protecting the territorial waters of the country.
Effective collaborations between the Ghana Navy, Port Security, and Ghana Maritime Authority have led to the arrest of pirates in Ghana’s waters and protected the waters leading to the nation’s enviable position as one with the most secured waters and water fronts.
So far, Ghana’s anchorage has been described as very safe due to effective patrols by the Ghana Navy, Marine Police and the Port security.
Despite these successes, the Ghana Navy is bedevilled with several challenges and until now, lack of befitting accommodation was a principal problem of the naval service.
In a bid to tackle this inadequate accommodation, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia has commissioned the naval base housing project phase two in Tema New Town.
The facility has 368 rooms, 23 blocks with 8 being three bed room apartments and 15 two bedroom apartments. The facility also comes with a multi-purpose sports and playing ground for personnel and families of the naval force.
The Vice President assured the security services of government’s commitment to provide decent accommodation in order to ensure their operational efficiency.
“The government of President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo has a good plan for the housing needs of our security personnel. The plan is anchored on an overall commitment to improving the living conditions of our security personnel,” he said.
The Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul highlighted that the housing project will solve the accommodation challenges of personnel who live in rented apartments all over Accra and Tema which makes it difficult to mobilise them within short notice of time to respond effectively to emergencies.
“Let me state that this government is determined to complete all outstanding projects that we have come to meet. This is one of the projects we have come to meet. That is why we did not abandon it. Same thing with the SSNIT project, 38 of them. All this is to ensure that the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Ghana Armed Forces is enhanced once they get good places to sleep and lay their heads,” he expounded.