Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has dared President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he is not committed to the fight against corruption.
According to the Ranking Member of Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, President Akufo-Addo’s rejection of a call by the minority in Parliament to set up a probe into the purported acquisition of a chancellery for Ghana’s new mission in Oslo, Norway, means the President cannot be relied on to expose matters of corruption in the country.
President Akufo-Addo has strongly rejected calls by the minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) to launch an investigation into the purported acquisition of a chancellery for Ghana’s new mission in Oslo.
The President said the call for the probe was an attempt by the NDC to distract the government.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa said they would consider other options by requesting external support from the Norwegian Government to help in exposing the unknown buyer.
To him, it is clearly evidential that President Akufo-Addo is not committed to the fight against corruption; thus the government should not deliberately distort the substance of the allegation to mean that the minority is accusing the government of paying $16.5 million to acquire a chancellery for Ghana’s new mission in Oslo.
“Nobody is saying the government has paid all $16.5 million, but the government has entered into a transaction and they were going to pay it before we caught them. We will meet on this matter today as a minority and we will consider our options because we have seen clearly that the President cannot be relied on as an ally in the fight against corruption,” he stated.
He stressed that there are many unanswered questions regarding the acquisition of the chancellery, adding that Paragraph 419 of the document brought to Parliament for approval read that “government also opened a resident diplomatic mission in Oslo, Norway, and two Consulates General in Port Louis in Mauritius and Guangzhou in China.”
He wondered if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was misleading Parliament with Paragraph 419 as mentioned; quizzing, “So all the documents they brought to Parliament means what, just to play with Parliament? And it means they didn’t come for approval or what?”
No Payment Made
Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has insisted that no payment has been made for a Chancery and place of residence for Ghana’s Ambassador to Norway.
Answering a question on the issue at President Akufo-Addo’s end-of-year encounter with the media on Wednesday, Madam Botchway said the minority was just trying to deceive Ghanaians because the processes needed to be taken before approval of money for the purchase of the Chancery had not yet been done; as a result, the allegation is neither here nor there.