The Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has admonished parliament to stay above partisanship in their decision to allow the establish of a security cooperation agreement with the United state government.
Speaking on Ahotor FM’s Morning show with Onantefour Addea Minunkum on Thursday 22nd March, the vice chairman stated that the parliamentarians from each side without hesitation should be allowed to express or speak their minds on what they believe will help the country without fear or favor.
He believes this will be the surest way to get the best of decision on the deal.
The agreement signed by the two countries has generated a huge public controversy with the minority in parliament vowing to resist attempts to rectify the agreement if it is passed.
Apart from being able to use Ghana as a base for staging and deploying its military, the agreement also gives the US troops unfettered access to certain agreed locations in the country.
Ghana, per the agreement, is to bear the cost and take primary responsibility for securing their facilities while the troops are in the country.
The US troops are also to be allowed to use Ghana’s radio spectrum for free. They will also enjoy tax exemptions.
Daniel Koranteng Kwagyiri|ahotoronline.com|Ghana