The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has refuted news about a scheduled demonstration by the group to register their displeasure in the wake of parliament’s approval of a Military Cooperation agreement between the government of Ghana and the US Government.
News went rife in the media particularly Monday morning suggesting members of the group were planning to hit the streets on Wednesday March 28 as part of efforts to get government to review its decision on the US-Ghana Defense deal.
A statement dated March 26 and signed by president of the group has however dispelled the assertions. They condemned and called on Security Agencies to arrest any such persons parading themselves in the name of NUGS and circulating false information to achieve their parochial and egoistic interest.
They also urged the public to disregard the information which they described as “malicious and frivolous” maintaining that they have confidence in the Defense Apparatus and the Government of Ghana to ensure the safety and security of all Students and the Ghanaian Citizenry.
A document detailing an agreement granting the US military access to use Ghana as a base for staging and deploying its forces among others sparked public debate with its emergence in the media.
Ghana’s Cabinet had agreed to provide the US’ military troop a place near the Kotoka International Airport, and also give them unhindered access to some key installations following a Memorandum of Understanding between the government of Ghana and the US government.
The MoU was laid before Parliament on Tuesday recommending that Parliament ratifies the agreement, but it was rejected by the opposition in Parliament.
The Majority in Parliament on Friday night, March 23, 2018 ratified the agreement after the Minority walked out of the chamber
Read the full statement below: