- The agreement signed between Ghana and America over the signing of a military agreement has sparked controversy
- Details of this agreement show how this agreement clearly benefits that of the US
- Parliament will be debating and passing this deal despite widespread opposition
The news of Ghana entering into an agreement with the United States of America for them (US) to establish a military base in the country has sparked wide controversy.
Final agreement documents cited by Joy FM shows that the military deal between the US and Ghana comes at a cost of $20 million.
A secret letter in the Flagstaff House has explained in clear detail the wild demands by the US government for the government of Ghana to not only give full access to some national security details but also surrender specific sites for the full complement of the agreement.
YEN.com.gh has read portions of this memo which also reveals that the agreement was finalized by the cabinet on Thursday, March 8, 2018. We list out the major things we gathered from this development.
1. Government and the American government started talks on this controversial agreement months ago.
2. American military forces will have access to and use of agreed facilities and areas in Ghana.
3. Parliament will be debating and approving this deal between Ghana and America.
4. US military forces will have a free Visa entry to Ghana without background checks on their possessions.
5. An assessment of the agreement shows there is no mutual agreement at all. It is mostly in the favour of the Americans.
6. US troops will be given the freedom to use Ghana's radio space for free, no payments or taxes will be incurred.
7. Cabinet approved this deal on Thursday, March 8th.
8. The government has decided to furnish the facilities and areas the US forces will use and this will be with state of the art equipment all at no cost to them.
9. The defense minister, Dominic Nitiwul says this story can never be true. He says the US has brought a Defense Corporation Agreement seeking an understanding of the status of their troops who come to Ghana to train our soldiers and vice versa.
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.
Below are social media reactions to this development:
This controversial decision by the 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.
Call this a terrible decisions by the NPP administration but this move follows a similar security decision by the erstwhile Mahama administration which saw the coming in of the Gitmo detainees.
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