General News of 2014-04-03

Life of Ghanaian peacekeepers in danger - Security Analyst

A security analyst, Prosper Nortey, is predicting danger for Ghanaian troops on peacekeeping abroad after Parliament failed to approve a $300 million loan for the Military.
He noted that the inability of Parliament to approve the loan, which was expected to be used to procure logistics and equipments for effective peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Mali, is likely to put the lives of Ghanaian peacekeepers in danger.
The Ministry of Defense in February laid before Parliament a $300 million loan facility for approval.
The $300 million loan agreement between Ghana and VTD Capital Plc, Russian Bank based in United Kingdom, is aimed at procuring logistics and equipments for personnel of the Ghana Army for effective peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Mali.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Nortey said the executive and Parliament must immediately decide how to raise funds for the troops.
He explained that peacekeepers “don’t only protect people within the mission area, but they also have to protect themselves and I believe they need all the resources that they can garner.”
Mr. Nortey interpreted the decision of Parliament to mean that the peacekeepers will not be able to effectively undertake the task assigned them.
“There is bound to be possible implications…we know that some of these warfares are not symmetric in nature; they are not predictable. Anything is possible...so the life of the peacekeepers out there are also in danger,” he stressed.