The Forces Pay Regiment formally known as the Forces Pay Office was established in 1953 and was then called Command Pay Office. It served only the Ghana Army as there was no Navy and Air Force at that time. It was located within the Headquarters of the West African Command (WAC) which was situated at Butter Lines, currently BOD location. As at 1955, the office was under the command of Lt Col Westcot, a British. All other officers were whites and all the British Other Ranks (OR) were Sergeants and above. The most Senior African Other Rank (OR) was then WOII MO Koranteng who later commissioned and became the first Ghanaian Commanding Officer of the Unit. The office was later moved to its present location in Burma camp in 1958.
Around 1957 just after Ghana attained independence, the then Pay Office was involved in Unit Pay Administration. Around the same period, there was a general move to ‘Ghanaianise’ the military. In order to prepare the Ghanaians to assume higher responsibilities in the Pay Corps, an ‘Africanisation’ course was organized for the Ghanaian Warrant Officers (WOs), Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) and a few senior civilian employees. In 1960 when the Ghana Armed Forces got involved for the first time in United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Operations, the Unit was not left out. The first Force Paymaster for that operation was the late Major RS Martey.
The Forces Pay Office metamorphosed into a regiment on 24 October 2014. Until this change, the Commanding Officer was a lieutenant Colonel and the Second-in- command was a Major. Currently, the Unit is being commanded by a Colonel and the Second-in-Command is a Lieutenant Colonel. Since its inception, Forces Pay Regiment (FPR) has had thirty-five (35) Commanding Officers and the current one is Colonel Sampana Babilah.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF FORCES PAY REGIMENT
The primary role of Unit is the administering of pay and allowances to all personnel of the Armed Forces and thereafter, accounting for the monies received from the government.
In fulfilling this role, the following tasks among others are undertaken:
Payment of salaries and allowances to all ranks and civilian employees of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Payment of gratuities and terminal benefits to qualified retired personnel and beneficiaries of deceased personnel.
Processing of claims due to service personnel.
Assistance to other Units in the maintenance of Units’ funds and auditing of such funds.
Financial advice to Commanding Officers and Unit personnel on matters relating to pay and allowances.
Processing of loan and insurance applications on behalf of service personnel.
Effecting deductions at source on behalf of Units and other financial Institutions.
Compilation of the Consolidated Accounts to the Accountant General’s Department.
Undertaking operational task assigned by higher HQ.
ORGANISATION OF FPR
The Unit is organized into a Headquarters Group and other Technical Groups in various office blocks for ease of operations and administration. The organization is a follows:
Central Technical Department. This is the Unit’s Headquarters. It is responsible for the overall command and control of the Unit. Personnel within the group include the Commanding Officer, Second-In-Command, Administrative Officer, Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), the Chief Clerk and Technical Chief Clerk. Under the Central Technical Department are twelve primary groups as follows:
Group One. This Group works on all debit vouchers and claims due to personnel and is popularly called the Claims Group.
Group Two. This Group maintains accounts for military and civilian officers and is often referred to as Officers Accounts Group.
Group Three. This Group is responsible for Other Ranks and Junior Civilian Officers’ Accounts. Group three is further divided into three Groups, 3A, 3B and 3C.
Cashier Group. The Cashier is responsible for the receipt and disbursement of monies on behalf of the Armed Forces. It is also responsible for payment of salaries and allowances of outstation personnel as well as retirement benefits to all ranks.
Unit Pay Office. This Group is responsible for the payment of salaries of all personnel within the 1 and 5 Garrison Units.
Non-Effective Group.This Group is responsible for the processing of retirement benefits of OR retirees, death benefits of OR who die in service and they also keep the records of personnel on AWOL and deserters.
Accountant-General’s Group. This Group works in close collaboration with Non-Effective Section in the processing of monthly pension for service personnel. They also collaborate with the Ghana Armed Forces Pension Office in Burma Camp and together serve as a link between the Ghana Armed Forces and the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department on matters of monthly pension.
Machine Room. This office is responsible for processing pay and allowances of military and civilian officers with inputs from Group 2. The Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) processes pay for Other Ranks and Junior Civilian Employees.
Remittance Group. This office processes loan and insurance applications on behalf of personnel of the Armed Forces. It also process all deductions and debits affecting service personnel on behalf of Units in the Ghana Armed Forces and the various financial institutions like the banks and insurance companies. It also ensures that monies deducted are remitted to these institutions.
Booking Group. After payments, this Group prepares a monthly consolidated account which is submitted to the Accountant-General Department for further financial analysis before and monies can be released again for payment.
Haizel School of Finance. Co-located with FPR is the Haizel School of Finance, formerly known as the Technical Training School (TTS). This school is technically under GHQ (DFC) but administratively under Forces Pay Regiment. The school runs basic and career courses on accounting practices in the Armed Forces.
The Forces Pay Regiment has passed through various changes and has seen a great level of development both in infrastructure and technical advancement. Some groups within the Unit have seen an appreciable level of computerization which has eased the pressure of work on personnel. Various blocks in the Unit have also been either renovated or rebuilt to modern standards which have provided a conducive atmosphere for work. Troops of this Unit continue to show high standards of discipline, morale and dedication to duty at all times. The Forces Pay Regiment after a great transformation over the years is well positioned to continue to effectively and efficiently discharge its core duties to personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces.