A 50-acre plot of land in Maame Krobo, in the Afram Plains, has been purchased for the construction of a military base.
On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, the Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, led a party of high military officers to survey the site in preparation for the building of a permanent Forward Operating Base (FBO) in the area.
The team also viewed a facility that will serve as a temporary lodging for soldiers while the base is completed, according to a Facebook post by the minister.
The value of the new military camp to the inhabitants of Afram Plains, according to the minister, will be in managing the area’s occasional disputes between Fulani herdsmen and crop farmers.
The facility is also intended to reduce the number of robberies in the Afram Plains area.
“This move is intended to assist with security difficulties in the Afram Plains, particularly the regular armed robbery instances and occasional clashes between herdsmen and crop farmers.”
“I am grateful to the many traditional chiefs who gave the land, particularly the Okwahumanhene, Dasaebre Akuamoah Agyapong, and Kwahu Adontenhene who also serves as Chief of Abetifi Akyemfour Asiedu Agyemang III,” the minister said.
The Afram Plains area, which is plagued by poor road networks and lack of development, is renowned for frequent robbery episodes, which have hampered economic activity in the area, which is also recognized as the nation’s food basket.
Over the years, the area has seen numerous clashes between herders and local farmers, whose crops are frequently destroyed by grazing animals.