Military training for national service – Nitiwul

By Christopher Arko, GNA

Accra, Aug.11, GNA – Mr Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defence has
revealed that 10,000 National Service Personnel would be selected to embark on
six months of military training as part of their national service next year.

According to him, officials of the National Service Scheme (NSS) have
already written to the military to inform them about the exercise.

Mr Nitiwul made the revelation when he spoke to the media after
appearing before the Public Account Committee (PAC) to respond to some
infractions contained in the 2015 Auditor General’s Report in relation to the
Ministry of Defence.

The PAC is currently holding public sittings on the Report of the
Auditor General for the Public Accounts of Ghana for the year ended 31st
December, 2015.

Mr  Nitiwul also stated that the
law to allow service personnel to do military training already existed.

He explained that the National Service Act allows service personnel to
do two years of national service and six months of military training.

He said the reason why for a long time the country could not undertake
this programme was as a result of lack of capacity.

Mr Nitiwul also noted that the military has given a positive response to
the officials of the National Service Scheme that the exercise was feasible.

He said despite some logistical constrains in terms of training
facilities, however, this year the government was making available resources to
ensure that the training facilities for the Army, Navy and the Air force were
rehabilitated to enable them start the exercise.

He said the discipline that came with the military training for the
service personnel would be important for the country’s development, adding that
this would also instil a bit of nationalism into the people.

Mr  Nitiwul also announced that
the Anti-Galamsey Taskforce deployed to the various mining areas were working
very well.

He rejected claims that members of the taskforce were trigger-happy,
saying though there have been skirmishes between the taskforce and some illegal
miners which has resulted in some deaths, however these were regrettable

He said the taskforce were properly trained for the exercise and their
operations have been successful in controlling the activities of the illegal

Mr  Nitiwul appealed to Ghanaians
especially those in mining communities to cooperate with taskforce to ensure
that things went smoothly.

He said it was not the intention of the government to stop mining but to
put in place proper measures to ensure that mining was done properly.

He said though some people have made suggestions that the number of the
taskforce was not enough for the exercise, he however stated that the current
figure was doing a good job and that the public must give them time to perform.


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