Accra,- Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia Monday sworn-in the new Governing Board of the Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG), in line with the Veterans Administration, Ghana Act (Act 844).
The 13-member Board is chaired by Major General Clayton Yaachie (Rtd).
Other board members include Brig. Gen. Amoah Boakye, Col. Emmanuel T. Darquah (Rtd), Capt. Ben Edmund Duah (Rtd), Maj. Derek Oduro (Rtd), Maj. Anim Alex (Rtd), Ex-WO1 Koranteng Samuel Smart, Ex-WO1 Omane Joseph Evans, Ex-WO1 Dozie Kwesi Gyilley, Ex-WO1 Daniel Kwateng, Madam Cecilia Amoah, and a representative each from the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare.
Inaugurating the Board at the Jubilee House in Accra, Vice President Bawumia reiterated President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to ensuring the welfare of retired soldiers.
“I wish to congratulate our veterans and service men and women for their patriotism, love, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for our dear nation, Ghana.
“They dedicated their lives to the service of this country and also offered important services and aid to other nations in need. Their welfare and well-being are, therefore, a national obligation that we cannot neglect,” he stated.
The Vice President indicated that, the welfare of veterans attracted the greatest attention of the government.
“The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, identifies with the interests of our military veterans.
“He is committed to furthering the cause of veterans and supporting VAG projects and programmes,” Dr Bawumia added.
Government, he said, was aware of the key issues that were of great interest to the military veterans, such as the encroachment on VAG’s landed properties, pensions, health-related issues, and livelihood for those strong enough to work and support their families.
“I wish to reiterate the President’s commitment to resolving these issues and uplifting the welfare and well-being of our cherished veterans.
“Furthermore, this government is determined to ensure that VAG is managed in line with best practices that will yield results to the benefit of all military veterans,” he assured.
He charged the new Board to resolve the contemporary challenges facing veterans and military widows, and make their tenure of office a memorable one.
“It is my prayer that you will move the affairs of VAG beyond the expectations of its members. I have no doubt that you would have provided the required directions and guidance for VAG to improve and increase the welfare of our military veterans by the end of your tenure.
“I entreat you to ensure that the needs of our veterans are well taken care of. Let us serve them well as they have served our nation,” Dr Bawumia charged the board.
Source: Ghana News Agency