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'Military In Action Again' - A Ghanaian Journalist Has Deplored The Increasing Role Of The Military

In such a situation the government has to provide adequate equipment for quenching such fires, but the shop owners can also fix themselves by having fire extinguishers according to critics.

This is an attitude problem with fire service, and when I say fire service I mean the various individuals who work there so when the leaders say we should fix ourselves they are right, how come there is no fuel and water in the trucks, it’s a shame according to critics.


Gary Al-Smith, a Ghanaian sports journalist who reports locally and for international media has deplored the growing role of the armed forces over their sister counterpart agencies in the country.

"Anyone noticed how quickly the military had to be called to rescue the fire situation today? 

Stadium security - military. Demonstrations - military. Parliament - military.

Yes, they bring law and order. But are we saying the other services aren't fit for purpose? Worrying."

Gary Al Smith summoned the Ghana Armed Forces on his Facebook page following a heavy fire in part of Accra which saw the military in action to extinguish the blaze.


Military assistance has become the only way to rescue further damage as the fire emergency service lacked critical logistics like fuel and water. This has raised eyebrows as Ghanaians on social media are thrown in disbelief about the competence of people put in charge of critical state institutions, charging that President Nana Akuffo must put pressure on his ministers to work very hard.

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