Former Deputy Interior Minister, James Agalga, says he is not privy to the content of a 2015 US-Ghana military pact despite its implications for domestic security.
The agreement signed by then Foreign Affairs Minister, Hannah Tetteh, was classified, he said. All he knows is that the military cooperation agreement has expired.
The content of the 2015 military deal has come under focus after Cabinet okayed a 2018 version which the Minority NDC oppose.
The government has chided the opposition for its 'hypocritical' stance on the new deal.
"Two years ago, Hanna Tetteh sold us, not us. In 1998, they sold us,” Mr. Nitiwul said at a news conference Wednesday.
“We have already signed a 1998 agreement, we have signed the 2015 agreement and we have already caught ourselves in this net and we cannot back out because this is just a combination of the two agreements,” the Bimbilla MP said.
Watch: Agreement with US was signed in 1998 – Nitiwul
The Akufo-Addo administration says it is demonstrating a commitment to run a transparent government.
This, the Defence Minister has said is unlike the NDC which never brought the 2015 deal to parliament for approval,
But the former Deputy Interior Minister believes the government is trying to deflect to the NDC, public criticism of the agreement in parliament.
James Agalga is part of the Minority which has branded the deal as the sale of Ghana's sovereignty to the US. The deal gives Ghana opportunities for US military assistance in the form of training and also $20million.
The former Mahama appointee has although the NDC signed the 2015 agreement, the government is under no obligation to renew it because it has expired.
He has advised the government to not to rope in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration in its attempt to rationalise a controversial US-Ghana military cooperation agreement before Parliament.
Watch: Ghana-U.S. Military Agreement
The suggestion that Ghana is bound to go into the current agreement, therefore, cannot be true, he pointed out after referring to the memo on the agreement asking for a renewal of military cooperation.
"Is there a provision …which binds us to renew the so-called agreement at all cost upon expiration? My answer is a big no," he said.
A controversial aspect of the agreement is article 5.1 which requires Ghana provides "…unimpeded access to and use of agreed facilities and areas to United State forces, United States contractors, and others as mutually agreed."
"Such agreed facilities and area: or portions thereof, provided by Ghana shall be designated as either for exclusive use by United States forces or to be jointly used by United States forces and Ghana. Ghana shall also provide access to and use of a runway that meets the requirements of United States forces," the agreement noted.
Although he confessed not reading the 2015 military pact, the Deputy Interior Minister James Agalga maintained that article 5.1 could not have been in the 2015 military agreement.
"This particular article does not find a position in the earlier agreements we have had with the United States," he argued.
A security analyst, Adam Bonna expressed surprise that the former Deputy Minister did not know the content of the 2015 agreement although it had implications for domestic security.
He has cautioned that the ceaseless discourse over the military cooperation agreement between Ghana and the US governments, could instigate an attack on the country.
“We are inviting terrorists that ‘you can come and hit us’ with the way this discussion is going,” a worried Bonna, Chief Executive Officer at Security Warehouse expressed on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Thursday.