The Minister in charge of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanten, has revealed before the ad-hoc committee probing the cash-for-seat saga that, out of the over 400 expatriates that participated in the 2017 Ghana Expatriates Business Awards (GEBA), only 26 made payments to sponsor the event.
He also detailed the number of those who had the opportunity to sit by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Minister who confirmed sitting at the presidential table also revealed before the committee that, only sixteen (17 including the president) had the opportunity to sit at the presidential table.
The persons who sat with the president were as follows: Mr. Ashie Morton, President of the Millennium Excellence Awards; Alan Kyeremanten, Mr. of Trade and Industry; Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Trade Minister; Mr. Amar Deep Singh Hari, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-IPMC; Mr. Ashok Mohinani the Chairman of Mohinani Group; Mr. Salem Kalmoni, Chief Executive of Japan Motors; Former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, the former First Lady-Mrs. Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.
The others were Mr. Saied Fakhry, the Executive Chairman for Interplast Ghana Limited; Miss Roshi Motman Chief Executive of Tigo/Airtel Ghana; Mr. Jim Ovia, Founder and Group Executive Chairman-Zenith Bank and Bhagwan Khubchandani, Group Chairman-Melcom Group of Companies.
The rest were: Mr. Dave Harper, Chief Executive of Geodrill Ghana; Mr. Mukesh Thakwani, CEO of B5 Plus Ghana Limited; Mr. Yoofi Grant, CEO-Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC); Yeo Ziobeieton, CEO-Unilever Ghana Limited and the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ayittey.
He also disputed claims that none of the persons paid an amount of $100,000 so they could sit at the presidential table.
‘’For the avoidance of doubt, none of the names mentioned made a contribution of $100,000 prior to the event,’’ he said.
He however confirmed that, the CEO of Interplast paid an amount of $100,000 after the event.
He insisted, there were some individuals who did not make any payment before or after and those who made contributions prior to the event were 7 with 2 contributing after the event and 3 not making any payments at all.
The Ministry he indicated did not impose a levy on the expatriates at the event because it did not have the mandate to impose a levy and collect same.
The Ministry was also not involved in mobilizing funds since it was the mandate of the organizers.