PARLIAMENT ON FRIDAY NIGHT ACCEPTED THE CONTROVERSIAL GHANA -USA MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT.
In spite of protest by the minority in Parliament, the agreement between these two countries was finally approved.
The majority side, who were left alone in the floor, accepted the agreement after a while of minutes, after the minority had walked out over the resentment to conditions stated in the agreement.
The House, which was expected to rise on Friday, March 23, 2018, extended its sitting into the late night to among other things, consider the agreement which has brewed a lot of controversies and dominated various public discourse.
Observing the debate that went on after the walked out by the minority, the debate from Hon.member of parliament for Adenta, Boabeng Asamoah, Hon. Minister for Defense, and a few others, indicates that, the conditions in this Ghana-USA agreement, is not different from that of the previous agreements signed by the first NDC administration, headed by Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings in 1998, through to the administration of John Dramani Mahama’s led NDC government in 2016, this agreement has been signed since, with all those conditions, so the majority side in Parliament do not see any wrong deals which should call for these hullabaloo about this very agreement between Ghana and USA by the current NPP Government led by President Akufo Addo.
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The Defense minister,Dominic Nitiwul, made it clear in his debate on the floor of Parliament, indicating that, even on the day of making a final decision on this agreement, the minority side in Parliament, on the committee were many than that of majority side, and if anything at all, the minority could have cancelled or rejected this agreement, since the minority were 13 in number while the majority were of 10.
He therefore made it known that, this agreement was initiated or accepted by the NPP or the majority in Parliament, but on clear and good grounds.
After a lengthy debate from the majority side alone, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of parliament,Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, posed the question of acceptance or otherwise of the agreement, and finally, the majority side won, by accepting this agreement into force.
Story: Richmond Adu.