The US Embassy in Ghana has denied the claim that its government has entered an agreement to establish a military base in Ghana.
In a statement Tuesday, the Embassy said there is an agreement known as Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between both countries dating back to 1998.
But the 20-year-old deal does not cover the "current range and volume of bilateral exercise and assistance," it said.
Joy News has intercepted a document which revealed Cabinet has approved an agreement to allow the US military an unrestricted access to a host of Ghanaian facilities and wide-ranging tax exemptions.
The deal will permit the U.S. military to use Ghana as a base for staging and deploying forces.
But Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has denied reports that the agreement covers the establishment of a military base.
“The United States of America is not establishing a military base in Ghana, at all…it is not true and they do not intend to do that, not at all.”
Dominic Nitiwul, Defence Minister
He said the US military has only asked to make use of some facilities at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and the Tema Port to keep their cargo and other materials they may use during their stay in the country.
He was clear, a portion of the agreement reported in the media is a blatant misrepresentation and was engineered to cause panic among the citizenry.
Reacting to the report, the US Embassy in Ghana said there is only a planned security exercise between militaries of the two countries that will require some access to certain facilities.
But there is no such plan to establish a permanent military base or bases in Ghana, the Embassy said.
“This year, the US is investing over $20 million in training and equipment for the Ghanaian armed forces. Ghana is also once again preparing to train US forces – as it did in 2017,” it said.
Have your say
More News Headlines
- UCC Medical School beats UG, KNUST to win inter-medical school competition
- 2019 budget: Glad tidings of great joy only on paper?
- Video: I was thrown out like piece of cargo - Adoboli breaks down in tears
- Gov't urged to re-introduce Plant Breeders’ Bill to parliament
- Rebecca Foundation welcomes home first batch of exchange students
- Haatso residents fight GOIL over siting of fuel station
- Discharged Andah recounts multiple portions of blessings
- Scientists caution over calls for labelling of GMOs
- FIDO trains Kaneshie market women in Financial & Digital Literacy
- Women scientists must go into politics —Former Presidential Advisor
- Unity Air gets operation certificate
- MTN Ghana holds Customer Outreach Day
- UEW rolls out year-long programme to celebrate 25 years
- 2019 Budget: Finance Minister's 'completed recreational park' at Oda
- 1998 year group of APASS refurbishes school dining hall