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US ‘military base’ to be sited near Ghana’s Kotoka Airport

The Minister of Defense, Dominic Nitiwul, has said the proposed site to camp US military forces in Ghana will be close to Ghana’s premier Airport, Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

This he said is because the military personnel as well as civilians “will not be stationed here.”

“Soldiers who will be operating here are less than 200, and they will not be stationed here, they will come and go. It’s not a military base. We don’t even have enough space in the agreed area for them to put up big structures. It’s just around the airport area,” he said in a Citi News interview on Tuesday.

The Minister was speaking after government laid in Parliament for ratification, a Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation between Ghana and the United States, to give the Americans some space in the country to set up a camp for its military forces.

The document, sighted by citifmonline.com, said Cabinet approved the MoU on March 8, 2018, and recommended that Parliament ratify the agreement to allow the US forces and their equipment unhindered access in Ghana.

In the agreement, the US military force will among other things, be exempted from paying tax on equipment to be brought into Ghana and will also be given the chance to use Ghana’s radio spectrum free of charge.

Although Parliament is yet to approve the agreement, many have raised concerns over the decision, questioning why the government will assent to it.

But the Minister after laying the document on the Floor of Parliament today [Tuesday], March 20, 2018, said the move is in the best interest of the country.

He also explained that the camp will not serve as a military base, adding that government spent a lot of time scrutinizing the document before approving it.

“This agreement has been in my office for eight months. I have been dealing with them trying to correct it and make sure it is something Ghanaians can accept. At a point, they [US team] have to even come down [to Ghana] with an eleven member team to be able to explain to us. We also sent an eleven member team. We went through it clause by clause. After we felt that we were satisfied, we sent it to Cabinet. It stayed in Cabinet for two months before it was approved. Nobody has signed any secret agreement,” he added.

By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana

4 comments

  1. S. Bediako-Asante

    Are we actually serious as a people. Why the need of such a base in Ghana. And, can Ghana set up similar facility anywhere in the US ?

    • Don’t be upset, even if it a military base in Ghana, it still not a bad deal. It will bring business to the youth and the people of Ghana. Go to south Korea and see the kind of progress they are going through. Am in the US army and I know what am talking about. Ghana need to move forward as a country. 61 years of independent look at where we are? Am really sad about Ghana’s progress. Let move the country forward. Thanks

      • Massa Korea is different from Africa precisely Ghana. We dont need any Military base in Ghana. We are ok of our own military base. If we need job then we should banned all importation and starting manufacturing things on our own. So do u mean u can allow someone to come and stay in your house and be giving you an authorities. Just see how they treat the America Embassy alone in Ghana. They can easily run away after they create a problem.

    • We don’t need any USA base in Ghana. Ghana to check the history of those African countries who accepted the USA base. I don’t know how African Rulers think

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