A communication team member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Gyamfi, has described the supposed establishment of a military base in Ghana as an embarrassment to the nation.
Sammy Gyamfi is of the conviction that the move is part of President Akufo Addo’s resolve to satisfy his pay masters.
“Nana Addo is only offering Ghana for sale per this wicked move. He only wants to satisfy his paymasters and as a result decided to allow them to establish a military base here in our our country. How can this government be so mean? It’s an embarrassment” he said in an interview on Adom TV’s Morning Show, “Badwam” Wednesday.
Cabinet has approved an agreement, giving unrestricted access to several Ghanaian facilities and wide-ranging tax exemptions to the United States Military.
The agreement, which was laid before Parliament Tuesday also states: “United States Contractors shall not be liable to pay tax or similar charge assess within Ghana in connection with this agreement”.
Many Ghanaians have condemned the move, saying such a military cooperation exposes Ghana to terrorism.
However, laying the draft proposal before Parliament Tuesday, Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul said , “The Draft Agreement was variously reviewed by the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department. Other State Agencies, namely Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MOF ARI), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Attorney-General’s Department, Ministry of the Interior (Mal), National Security and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), made inputs into the Graft Agreement in order to ensure that it reflected the true interest of the country, during its preparation.”
But Sammy Gyamfi says the establishment of a US Military base in Ghana will only pose security threat to citizens, adding that the move is an insult to the collective identity of Ghanaians.
He therefore urged parliament to, as a matter of urgency, stay away from any attempt to approve the move.