Approximately 800 military personnel from America and other countries are currently in Ghana for a training programme, outgoing United States Ambassador, Robert Jackson has confirmed.
The diplomat says the defense training is under the controversial Military Agreement signed recently between the two countries.
Robert Jackson disclosed this in an interaction with the media in Accra on a wide range of issues.
“Indeed the agreement is enforced; and as you have seen we have not built a base here, we do have about 800 troops from the United States and other African countries for an exercise, that exercise includes a training of Ghanaians by Americans at the jungle warfare center and we are very pleased that Ghana remains the only country in Africa that is training US Forces, which really speaks to Ghana’s partnership with us in peace and security area,” he said.
Ghana’s parliament last month approved the Ghana-US Military cooperation agreement, which seeks to give US forces access to some critical national installations for their exclusive use.
Parliament approved without the Minority in Parliament who opposed the deal.
With the agreement ratified, it means that the US troops will among other things be exempted from paying taxes on equipment brought to Ghana and they will use Ghana’s radio spectrum for free coupled with other military support.
Although many Ghanaians have expressed resentment over the clauses of the agreement, the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul has explained that the agreement is in the best interest of Ghana.