GAF Allowances There is no tension over Peace-keeping allowance - GAF

Some angry troops had earlier told Pulse.com.gh that they feel insulted by the $1 increment a day.

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The Ghana Armed Forces has denied reports of tension in the force following President John Mahama’s announcement of a $1 increment in allowances for peace-keeping operations.

Some angry troops had earlier told Pulse.com.gh that they feel insulted by the $1 increment a day.

"He [Mahama] is telling us that he has adjusted the thing to us. It is an insult to us. The thing is 30 dollars a day. The feeling is anger amongst us. He shouldn’t have even brought it up in the first place. The army is not permitted to go on demonstration. They are pushing people to rebel. That is the discussion we are having here,” a source who preferred to remain anonymous told Pulse.com.gh.

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But the Director of Public relations of the GAF, Colonel Aggrey-Quashie has said claims that the troops are offended by the increment are not true and should be ignored.

In a statement, Aggrey Quarshie explained that “With effect from July 2016 the United Nations increased the monthly rate by $32.00 (approx.$1.06 per day) hence the decision by government to accordingly increase the monthly allowances to troops by $31.00 per month (approx $1.00 per day). Invariably the increment by the United Nations has all been passed to the troops.”

Below is the full statement:

The attention of the Ghana Armed Forces has been drawn to misconception and negative comments especially on social media in respect of the increment of peacekeeping allowances by $31.00 per month as announced by the President at an all ranks durbar in Burma Camp on Thursday 11 August 2016.

It must be noted that the monthly rate per soldier as paid by the United Nations since July 2014 had been pegged at $1,332.00 out of which $900.00 each was paid to the soldiers on a monthly basis with the remainder expended on pre-operational training activities which includes feeding, clothing, medicals and other logistics and ancillary services.

With effect from July 2016 the United Nations increased the monthly rate by $32.00 (approx.$1.06 per day) hence the decision by government to accordingly increase the monthly allowances to troops by $31.00 per month (approx $1.00 per day). Invariably the increment by the United Nations has all been passed to the troops.

It is therefore unfortunate, the negative comments being circulated in a cross section of the media and on social media aimed at creating disaffection in respect of an otherwise genuine concern to promote troops welfare.

The Ghana Armed Forces acknowledges that peacekeeping allowances for troops have from time immemorial been increased by government in accordance with United Nations’ periodic increments. In this particular case, the $32.00 increment by the UN has virtually been passed on to troops.

The negative comments therefore being circulated intended to downplay the efforts in promoting troops welfare by government is in bad state and does not augur for the cohesion of the Ghana Armed Forces.

E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Colonel

Director Public Relations

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