New cemetery for GAF – Osu Cemetery exhausted

A new military cemetery complex, with a minimum capacity of sixteen thousand graves, has been commissioned for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), for the interment of the mortal remains of personnel of GAF and their family members, at Burma Camp, Accra.

Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul unveiling the plaque at the main gate of cemetery

A quote by one Joseph Rodman Drake, an American writer, comes in handy; “And they who for their country die, shall fill an honoured grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb and beauty weeps the brave”.

The commissioning ceremony took place at the new facility on Friday the 20th of April, 2018 with the Minister of Defence and Member of Parliament for Bimbilla, Dominic Nitiwul as the Guest of Honour.

CDS leading a tour of the new cemetery

The cemetery complex, fenced and gated, besides the graveyards, has other facilities such as a memorial wall and park for holding of functions – a place for pre and post burial activities such as church services and reception, water recycling facility for the plants (between 50,000 to 100,000 different species) and residence for the workers.

Two years ago, under the leadership of the previous Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshall Sampson Oje, GAF requested the siting for a new military cemetery, since the old military cemetery at Osu, was virtually exhausted, hence causing the new location to be sanctioned by the Ministry of Defence, which also approved a portion of a Chinese facility to be used for that purpose.

CDS showing MoD the single layer grave method

The graveyards, which has a minimum capacity of 16,000 souls with a single-layer burial method could be expanded with a double or triple layer burial scheme and has been partitioned into areas for Generals, serving soldiers, retirees, Moslem, families and children, Presidential and VVIPs.

Although the facility is yet to be completed, it will soon be put to use since the old military facility at Osu is at acute point of exhaustion.

The brief ceremony was attended by the CDS, Lt Gen OB Akwa, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), PK Faidoo, Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshall M M Nagai, Chairman of Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG), Maj Gen CB Yaache (rtd) and other senior officers of the military.

 

By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Burma Camp, Accra

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