October 31, 2017

Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bimbilla, Dominic Nitiwul has said the opinion to set up a fund to take care of the late Major Mahama’s family worn the day at Cabinet meeting.

“It is a onetime fund to take care of the family and let us just leave it like that, government is only fulfilling a promise it made”

He made this revelation in an interview with ghanamps.com, when questioned on why a fund was not rather set up to take care of fallen soldiers who died in the line of duty.

He said, the Military has its own way of insuring themselves call the provident fund which is with the National Investment Bank (NIB), within the military if you serve for 15 years you are entitled to pension, unlike their civilian counterpart who have to serve for 60 years, he pointed out.

According to the Bimbilla legislator, government promised to set up a Trust Fund of Five hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GHS500, 000.00) to take care of the family of the late Major, “we have to come to parliament because public funds will be used.

“We will be going out to source for private money into the fund till then we are just dealing with public funds, we want to get this bill done quickly as possible”, he said.

Joint committee on Finance Defence and Interior are currently handling the Bill and will present it to the House to be taken through the second reading.

The Defence Minister further revealed that government has gotten a job for the wife of the late Major Mahama but failed to mention where, “let us leave the wife of the late Major Mahama to enjoy her privacy”, he said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com