Source: China Military News cited from ghanaweb.com
Government would soon receive four helicopters from the Chinese Government to provide security and surveillance in the oil and gas fields in the Western Region, Vice President John Dramani Mahama, has announced.
“This will be complimentary to the recent provision of patrol boats to the Ghana Navy, which would help in all the peace keeping programmes the country’s security has been undertaking.”
Vice President Mahama announced this when Lt General Lian Guanlee, Minister for National Defence of China led a 21-member delegation to call on him at the Castle, Osu.
The delegation apart from visiting the Vice President, also visited the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, where they laid wreaths on the tombs of the First President of Ghana and his wife. They also held bilateral talks bordering on peace and security between the two countries.
This is the first time a sitting Chinese Minister for Defence has visited Ghana since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Vice President Mahama said the Chinese government had over the years been instrumental in moulding Ghana’s socio-economic activities, particularly in the provision of loans and grants towards the procurement of equipment and infrastructure.