Ghana’s Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Obed Akwa, says the controversial security cooperation deal between Ghana and the United States will help Ghana.
According to him, such deals between African countries including Ghana and the United States of America, have helped the continent as far as the strengthening of Africa’s security capabilities and counterterrorism measures are concerned.
Gen, Akwa made this statement at a roundtable discussion organised by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Cape Coast on the topic: “U.S. Military Presence in Africa: Implication for National Security and Sovereignty”.
Citing examples, he notes that the existing cooperation between the US and some African countries have toughened maritime security, “especially in the Gulf of Aden, in the East Coast and the Gulf of Guinea on the West Coast of Africa.”
He said “the United States Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership and Partnership of Regional East African Counterterrorism” are testimonies that show how beneficial such security cooperation have been in the fight against terrorism in the sub region.
A section of Ghanaians, including the Minority in Parliament have kicked against the security pact.
News reports have indicated that the agreement between the two countries would grant the US Military unfettered access to “a host of Ghanaian facilities and wide-ranging tax exemptions.”
When the documents of the pact were laid before parliament March, by the Defence Minister for ratification,the Minority staged a walk out, saying it would rip Ghana of her sovereignty.