The Majority in Parliament has taken a swipe at Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa saying the latter is merely “wasting everybody’s time” regarding the government’s controversial acquisition of a Chancery in Oslo, Norway.
The majority has maintained as unfounded, allegations that government has acquired the chancery building at a price inflated by some 8.5 million dollars.
On the part of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, it has not expended a dime on the alleged property contrary to the claims of the NDC minority caucus.
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament, Frank Annor Dompreh, addressing a Press Conference fumed at Mr Ablakwa saying his conduct in recent times is making him a nuisance to parliament.
He claimed there is no proof to the effect that government closed a deal to purchase the said property.
“The minister (Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey) came to us with all the details we needed. If she had a bad motive, why will she provide all those details to us?”
“Why is this young man (Okudzeto Ablakwa) wasting everybody’s time? He is wasting everybody’s time and we are worried that we have bought this property. I am very disappointed in him. We need to work as a committee. There is an internal letter and you leak it on social media. This is so unfortunate. This is where we are now but we will manage him, he stressed.
Brace yourselves for more scandals under Akufo Addo – Okudzeto Ablakwa
The North Tongu lawmaker, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has asked Ghanaians to brace themselves for more corruption related matters after President Akufo Addo described as “mere allegation” the controversial Oslo Chancery deal, which the minority has accused the foreign ministry of inflating the cost.
President Akufo Addo in a media encounter with some selected journalists across the country at the Jubilee House Wednesday, said “On the basis of this bare allegation without more, would I then say let us have an independent inquiry? My government won’t spend all our time at inquiries because clearly it is a pattern of the opposition to throw these accusations into the air and when they are debunked, they don’t hear anything about it”.
He added: “Assuming for the sake of argument with the transaction not taken place and we were to make the allocation that we paid too much. But this is the transaction, it has not taken place so how then can you begin to make statements about corruption and misappropriation?
However, in an interview on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa Fm, the Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs said the President’s unwillingness to fight corruption which he has demonstrated in recent times by often clearing his appointees even before constitutionally mandated institutions do so, gives grounds for more scandals.
Mr. Ablakwa believes the President should have taken interest in finding out the details of the allegation rather than sweeping it under the carpet.
“Is this how we are fighting corruption? Is this leadership? Now when you listen to the President when he had his say after the minister’s statement, he said all the allegations is just mere allegations and nothing more. When we have documents to prove or back what we are saying, you call it mere allegation” he said.