Parliament on Thursday approved in Accra, the sum of GH¢2,102,103,946 for the Ministry of Defence for the 2021 financial year.

The Finance Committee of Parliament, in its recommendation to the plenary, entreated the House to urge the Government to initiate steps to address the huge shortfalls.

“This inadequate budgetary allocation to the Ministry will adversely affect the operations and performance of the Ministry,” The Committee noted.

Some of the critical areas the Ministry is expected to invest aside its core objectives are the expansion of the 37 Military Hospital and the construction of the Tamale Military Hospital.

Out of the total budgetary allocation to the Ghana Armed Forces Programme, Gh¢1,204,708,520 representing 70 percent is allocated to the General Headquarters, as the General Headquarters (Armed Forces Administration) sub-program ranks the highest among the sub-program under Ghana Armed Forces.”

An amount of GHC206, 534,280 representing 12 percent of the Ghana Armed Forces programme is allocated to land operations. Naval operations received GH¢101,989,960 representing six percent of the Ghana Armed Forces allocation.

Air operations sub-program is also allocated with GHC96, 430,916 representing six percent of the Ghana Armed Forces programme budget.

An amount of GH€93,311,867 representing 5.4 percent of the Ghana Armed Forces Programme is allocated to the Military Health Service.

The Defence Advisors Sub-program has been allocated GH¢10,063,590, which represents 0.6 percent of the Ghana Armed Forces programme’s entire budget.