An eleven-member Board was inaugurated to review the laws and regulations governing the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) at Burma Hall, Burma Camp.
The Board is expected to look at outdated regulations and initiate reforms that would address emerging trends on account of advancement of technology, administration and logistics within the current constitutional era in Ghana. Some key areas that would be reviewed include Conduct and Discipline, Command and Control, Administration, Internal Operations and Peace Support Operations.
For the purpose of professional guidance, a former Supreme Court Judge, Justice VCRAC Crabbe (now diseased) was appointed the lead Consultant to the Board and Col Benjamin Amoah-Boakye, a senior legal officer as Chairman of the Board.
Inaugurating the Board on behalf of the Sector Minister, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, the Deputy Defence Minister, Hon Maj Derek Oduro (rtd) mentioned that laws are expected to be dynamic and reflect the new changing circumstances in society and that GAF laws were not an exception.
He added that GAF was regulated by legislation and procedures inherited from the colonial era which had seen little modification and therefore, there was the need for a review as society evolves. He added that, GAF Regulations must therefore be synchronized with contemporary trends and conform to the 1992 Constitution.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed B Akwa thanked the then lead Consultant for his professional guidance which had led to the ongoing review of GAF Regulations. He also congratulated the Board members on their nomination and urged them to deliver on their mandate to the best of their abilities. On his part, the Chairman of the Review Board assured Command that the Board would work diligently to achieve the best results in the review process. He used the opportunity to call on all personnel to cooperate with them to help address all their concerns.