The United States ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, has given a clue as to how much Ghana is likely to get for having a US military base in Ghana.
Mr Jackson said there is no cause for alarm and that Ghana rather stands to benefit from the deal. He continued to say that the country will not be burdened with the presence of the US millitary in Ghana. According to him, it is the US's joint exercise aimed at fighting terrorism in partnership with African soldiers.
"20 million dollars being invested in the Ghanaian Armed Forces in one year is a pretty significant return," he said, adding that the US does not intend in any way to destabilise the country.
Mr. Jackson said unlike the public's huge uproar, the US is not interested in causing any harm in the country.
"We are going to have three major military exercises this year - navel exercise, judicious response and then United Accord a counter-terrorism/security exercise.
These exercises bring a few hundred Americans and several hundred troops from Ghana's neighbours together with the Ghanaian armed forces so that they can learn to work more effectively together.
"Once the exercise is over, the Americans will leave. There is no persistent presence and we have a very small group of military officers and soldiers at our embassy as defense attache and security cooperation officers and they are the only US military who are in Ghana on a permanent basis. This is not an invasion," Mr Jackson empahsized.
Leading up to this, the Minority members of Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee have served notice they will issue a dissenting report if the committee recommends the approval of the US-Ghana agreement on joint military operations.
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