The High Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has changed the name of the modern navy barracks at Tema Manhean from PARADISE BARRACKS to BIEKRO BARRACKS to recognise the efforts of the initiator of the residences, Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro (rtd), former Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS).
As the good old book says, “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for you shall find it after many days,” so seems the case of the former CNS, R/Adm Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro (rtd), with his time in active service.
Admiral Biekro initiated a number of groundbreaking projects for the Ghana Navy, such as pulling down the old Navy headquarters and building modern offices, initiated a 368-unit Navy barracks at Tema Manhean and started the establishment of a Navy Training Command (NAVTRAC) at Agorta, in the Volta Region, where the Navy now trains her recruits.
Unfortunately, without any signs of caution, the former CNS had to be replaced and retired abruptly, at the fall of 2015, per the decision of the powers-that-be, this action itself initiating several speculations amongst the rank-and-file of the Navy in particular and GAF, in general and, probably creating a peeve in the victim.
However, in appreciation of his initiative to construct the essential projects aforementioned, the GAF High Command has decided to change the name of the modern barracks into BIEKRO BARRACKS, to honour him and also to encourage others to perform extraordinary services for GAF so their memories would me immortalized.
The change of name was officially unveiled during the bienniel CNS Administrative Inspection to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) by the substantive CNS R/Adm Peter Kofi Faidoo, on the 16th of November, 2018.
The One Hundred and One Million Ghana Cedis (¢101,000,000) three hundred and sixty-eight (368) housing units for the GAF, was initiated in June 2014 and commissioned on Monday the 12th of March, 2018.
The 368 units, which contains 128 3-bedroom and 240 2-bedroom units in 23 blocks, a multipurpose sports complex and a family playing ground was named Paradise Barracks upon commissioning.
The erstwhile NDC-led administration paid ¢76 million out of the ¢101 million, whiles the present NPP administration also paid ¢38 million to Amandi Construction, who constructed the project with five hundred (500) direct employees whiles the construction lasted a little over 3 years.
The Ghana Navy was the only service in GAF, that did not have a proper barracks anywhere in the country, but for a few units in Tema and Takoradi, thus the arracks became the maiden modern barracks for the service.
The non-existence of barracks had negatively affected the mobilisation of personnel to emergency responses and operational effectiveness, hence Admiral Biekro (rtd) initiated the project, in consultation with the Ministry of Works and Housing.