The government has received a 50-acre land at Akyemfuor near Maame Krobo in the Afram Plains South District to set up a Military Base to tackle the growing insecurity associated with farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
Akyemfuor Asiedu Agyemang, the Chief of Abetifi and also Adontenhene of Kwahu Traditional Area, allotted the land to the state for the construction of the camp dubbed, “Forward Operation Base.”
Provision of the land had been hailed as a good intervention that would assist the government to help tame recurring conflicts between local farmers and Fulani herdsmen, and further improve general security in Afram Plains.
Mr Seth Acheampong, Eastern Regional Minister and Chairman of the Regional Security Committee visited the site on Wednesday in the company of top military officers, including Brigadier-General Michael Amoah-Ayisi, General Officer Commanding Southern Sector and Brigadier-General Gyane Adoh Richard, Director for Planning and Research Development.
The team inspected the land and were also shown temporary structures at Kwanin that have been provided by the chiefs to accommodate personnel as efforts were being made to construct the permanent camp.
Mr. Acheampong told the press in an interview that the establishment of the Special Forces base had become imperative because several efforts to get the security issues in the Afram Plains addressed proved ineffective.
“The objective of the establishment of the military base is to ensure that there is peace in the community. Crop farming is an economic activity and similarly, cattle farming is truly an economic event, and we should not despise what they do,” he said.