Ghana’s top security officials, including Mr. Edward Asomani, the National Security Coordinator, Lieutenant General Oppong Peprah, the Chief of Defence Staff, and Mr. Nana Attobrah Quaicoe, Director General of the National Intelligence Bureau, among other senior officers of the Ghana Armed Forces, converged on the newly constructed forward operating base (FOB) in Sandema, on Thursday, May 9th, 2024.

This gathering marked a pivotal moment in the nation’s ongoing efforts to bolster its operational readiness.

Situated in the Builsa North District of the Upper East Region, the newly established FOB holds critical importance in Ghana’s security strategy.

The necessity for its establishment stems from the complex security landscape prevailing along Ghana’s northern borders.

Neighboring Burkina Faso’s struggle with terrorism underscores the urgency for Ghana to bolster its defenses and augment its capability for swift response.

The strategic positioning of Sandema emerges as an optimal location for the Ghana Armed Forces to effectively execute operations aimed at safeguarding the nation’s territorial integrity and shielding its populace from external threats. Serving as a secured forward operational-level military position, the Sandema FOB will play a pivotal role in facilitating coordinated military actions along the border region.
From border patrols to counter-terrorism operations, the base will serve as a hub for operational activities aimed at maintaining peace and security.

Moreover, the Upper East Region itself contends with enduring chieftaincy conflicts that frequently escalate into communal clashes. In light of this, the establishment of the new FOB in the region emerges as a deterrent against potential unrest, acting as a stabilizing force to curb the escalation of local conflicts.

The FOB, designed to accommodate over 200 military officers along with several civilian employees, offers a comprehensive array of amenities. Notable features include an administration block to streamline command and control operations, a recreational centre to provide essential downtime for troops, and officer accommodations to ensure comfort and proximity to operational duties. Additionally, the facility is equipped with a fleet of vehicles including TCVs, Water Bowsers, ambulances, Command Rovers, armoured Toyota Land Cruisers, and motorcycles. Moreover, a GMC Sierra Mobile Workshop is available to support maintenance operations, ensuring operational efficiency and readiness at all times.

During the visit, Mr. Asomani, acknowledging the troops’ dedication to national security and pledged steadfast support to the Ghana Armed Forces.
He assured that every effort would be made to improve the comfort and functionality of the FOB for the troops. In response, the Chief of Defence Staff expressed gratitude to the National Security Coordinator for the substantial contributions from the Ministry of National Security. He reaffirmed the commitment of Ghana’s armed forces to safeguarding the state.

The visit by Ghana’s security chiefs underscores the government’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the safety and security of its citizens. Indeed, they outlined plans to replicate similar facilities in other strategic areas, emphasizing the government’s proactive approach to addressing emerging security challenges. Through investments in critical infrastructure like the Sandema FOB and a focus on operational readiness, Ghana sends a resolute message that it stands prepared to confront any threats to its sovereignty, ensuring the protection of its people and the preservation of peace and stability within its borders.