Ghanaians protest against Ghana-US security deal

A group called “Ghana First”, made up of students and politicians, have staged a protest against a security co-operation agreement between Ghana and the US.

Protesters marched through the streets of capital, Accra against the agreement, in which the US promised to invest $20 million in Ghana’s military in exchange for a base

The 2018 defence cooperation agreement, which was ratified by a Majority-only Parliament last week, will permit the U.S. Military to use Ghana as a base for staging and deploying forces.

Demonstrators are worried that the base could open Ghana up to militant attacks

Protesters are also unhappy that the US will be able to use Ghana’s radio spectrum for free and be exempted from paying tax on equipment imported into the country.

Ghana’s Parliament endorsed the controversial deal last Friday amidst opposition boycott and protest.

The protesters, numbering over 1,000, want President Akufo-Addo to reject the co-operation agreement.

The country signed similar agreements in 1998 and 2015.

Two separate lawsuits have already been filed against the government at the Supreme Court to challenge the deal.

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