Ghana to send first batch of 300 troops to South Sudan

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) will in the next few weeks send the first batch of 300 troops to South Sudan to help end the war in the oil rich region.

Speaking to JoyNews, Thursday, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces, Colonel Mbawine Atintande noted that the first batch of troops comprises those on a peacekeeping mission in Cote D’Ivoire.

According to him, the troops will be in South Sudan for three months after which fresh troops of about 850 battalions will be released straight from Ghana.

Colonel Atintande also indicated that Ghana will bear the initial cost of provision of troops and resources to the troubled oil-rich region but will be reimbursed by the United Nations (UN).

Furthermore, he said the troops will be paid 30 dollars a day in addition to the provision of money for vehicles, maintenance, welfare and other equipment to be deployed.

The total cost involved in this exercise, he noted, is not immediately available.

Ghana has committed over eight hundred troops to the troubled country- South Sudan. The situation in South Sudan is worsening as thousands of people yesterday fled the South Sudanese city of Bentiu, amid fears of government recapture of the oil-rich area from rebels.

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