A 10-member Technical Committee under the Chairmanship of Brig Gen Kwame Oppong-Otchere to review the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) United Nations Peacekeeping Operations has been inaugurated at the Ministry of Defence (The Square) on Monday January 26, 2015.
The committee is expected among others to formulate policy for accepting offers for participating in new missions, review equipment procurement system including standardization, determine the procedure for requisition for funds from GAF Peace Support Operation Accounts and levels of authorization, and review of sources of funding including determination of dedicated sources of finance/funding for Peace Support Operations.
Inaugurating the committee, the Minister for Defence, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, stressed on the need to ensure the maintenance of the professionalism, courage and commitment to duty which the GAF had earned over the years under the UN flag across the globe.
He noted that concerns had been raised about the financing and financial obligations of the peacekeeping accounts, in the light of the migration of the UN Operations from the Dry Lease to Wet Lease system in which contributing countries are expected to contribute personnel and hardware to the operations on their own.
He stated that the Dry Lease system involved huge capital outlay hence the need to ensure value for money in the acquisition of equipment for the various theatres.
“These concerns have come up strongly in the audit reports on the procurement, acquisition and deployment of military equipment to the various mission areas”, he continued.
He encouraged the committee to let their varied experiences, background, competences and skills be brought to bear on the deliberations of the committee to enhance the efficiency of Ghana’s Peacekeeping Operations and its accounts.
Brig Gen Oppong-Otchere, on behalf of the committee, pledged to work diligently and make recommendations for the Ministry to make informed decisions on an efficient Peacekeeping Operations in a dynamic environment.
Other members of the committee are Hon Fritz Baffour, Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior, Alhaji Alidu Fusieni, Chief Director, Ministry of Defence, and Brig Gen Asamoah Kweku Yeboah, Director General International Peace Support Operations (IPSO).
The rest are Col Moses Gyeke Asante, Director Legal Affairs at the General Headquarters, Col Nicholas Kwame Kporku, Director Peacekeeping Operations at the Army Headquarters, Gp Capt Charles Addico, Director Peacekeeping Operations at the Air Force Headquarters, Mr Henry Tachie Menson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr Emmanuel Edumadze Mensah of Ministry of Finance and Mr Andrews Kufe of Controller and Accountant General’s Department.
The committee is expected to submit its report to the Ministry of Defence by Wednesday April 1, 2015.