Government signs secret deal with America over controversial "military base"

Government signs secret deal with America over controversial "military base"

- The US government will be establishing their military base here in Ghana

- An agreement reached with government shows various requests the US government made to Ghana

- The agreement raises questions over the sovereignty of the country

It has emerged that Ghana has given free access to the US military to use some major facilities in the country.

A secret memo in the Flagstaff House shows that government has approved the move by America to establish an undisclosed base in Ghana for the staging and deploying of military forces.

READ ALSO: 6 ambitious campaign promises Nana Addo made in 2016 and still not fulfilled has read portions of this memo which also reveals that the agreement was finalized by cabinet on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Also, we are learning that this engagement between Ghana and the US started way back in the last eight months.

America enters secret deal with government to establish military base

So far, the terms of agreement with Ghana has been seen to be strictly based on the interest of the American government.

America enters secret deal with government to establish military base

In fact, excerpts from the agreement show that the U.S. Forces may also import into and export out of, and use in Ghana any personal property equipment supplies material technology, training or services in connection with the agreement.

America enters secret deal with government to establish military base

The US government also insists that the agreement also states that “aircraft, vehicles and vessels operated by or at the time, exclusively for the United States Forces may enter exit and move freely within the territory and territorial waters of Ghana.”

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Meanwhile, a secret message to the parliament by the defense minister, Dominic Nitiwul, is seeking for MPs to ratify the deal. The minister has assured that that the deal will ensure that there is enhanced and fruitful security co-operation between Ghana and the USA.

“The Agreement, when ratified by Parliament, is intended to contribute to enhanced security co- operation between the USA and Ghana, based on full respect for the sovereignty of each other. It will also reaffirm in their shared commitment to peace and stability and ensure common opportunities to addressing regional defence and security issues,” he revealed in a secret memo to parliament.

This controversial decision by government to grant the US all these permits has been described by a senior Ghanaian academician and jurist, Dr Akilagpa Sawyerr, as a serious national security issue. Speaking on Joy FM, the academic revealed that this agreement with the US jeopardizes Ghana's sovereignty as an independent country.

Also, Ghanaians have been expressing their concern over this development as they question how government could have reached such a decision.

Comparing this development to the Gitmo duo controversy, Ghanaians just feel the NPP administration has failed in putting first the total security of the people of Ghana.

So far, it remains unknown what triggered government's decision to give out such huge lee-way to the US government but one can suggest it is due to the political and economic power of the American government which currently funds most of the development projects in the country.

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