Ghana: Students & Pols Protest U.S. Security Deal

Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana. (Photo: un.org)

Thomas Naadi of BBC Africa is reporting students and politicians are joining forces to protest against a security cooperation agreement with the United States. Naadi writes:

“A group called Ghana First, made up students and politicians, gathered in the capital Accra to protest against a security cooperation agreement with the US.

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 deal which will allow US forces and equipment to be deployed in Ghana is seen as undermining the country’s sovereignty.

It also requires Ghana to provide unimpeded access to agreed facilities and areas to US forces and their contractors.

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.”

TBW finds this story interesting, especially considering that 60 percent of all U.S. visa applications from Ghana were rejected in 2017, more than Syria, Somalia and Laos.

Read more at BBC Africa.

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