20 November 2012. The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, HE Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, on Tuesday 20 November 2012, commissioned a newly built Pension Office in Burma Camp for military retirees. The aim of the facility was to reduce the nightmare associated with pension payments to retired personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
Mr Amissah-Arthur in his speech was excited to be commissioning the new facility which, he noted, had come to satisfy those who had been waiting anxiously for a solution to the inconvenience of the processing and payment of pensions to retired personnel.
He said that by putting up of the facility, GAF was providing respite for the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) by reducing the number of people who would otherwise have besieged its office. He disclosed that the newly built Pension Office would jointly be manned by staff from CAG and GAF.
The Veep expressed his appreciation to the Ministry of Defence, the Military High Command and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP) for their dedication and commitment in ensuring the completion of the project. He was hopeful the required personnel and logistics would be provided to make the facility serve the purpose for which it had been built.
“The least we expect for those who have served this country with distinction in its Armed Forces is for them to be able to receive their pension in a congenial atmosphere,” the Veep ended.
The Director of Defence Financial Controller, Brig Gen Nyamekye-Yeboah reading the history of the Pension Office, noted that from times past, there had been persistent complaint by pensioners about the frustration they encountered in their attempt to access their pensions at the CAG Department.
He said, consequently, the Bediako Commission (Presidential Commission on Pension) was set up to make recommendations for Pensions. The Commission recommended among others the migration of military pension to GAF.
He continued that in 2012, Government gave presidential approval to the migration and as a result GAF, in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the CAG, initiated the necessary administrative and logistics arrangement for the migration of the military pension from CAG to GAF.
The Director of Administration for the Veterans Administration, Ghana, (VAG), Maj Henry Okine (rtd), in his remarks, was very grateful to the Ministry of Defence, the Military High Command and all who had contributed to the establish of the Pension Office. He said the facility could not have come at a better time when veterans especially the very aged once were finding it very difficult and tiring to process their Pension payments at the end of every month.
The new Pension Office consists of an archive room, an accounts office, a waiting area and a host of other offices.
The Vice President , assisted by the Minister for Defence, Lt Gen JH Smith, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen PA Blay, and the Director Administration, VAG, Maj Henry Okine (rtd), cut the tape to commission the Pension House.