Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanten has expressed disgust at the probe being conducted into the cash-for-seat saga by Parliament’s five-member ad-hoc committee.
Appearing before the committee on Friday, the Minister who was infuriated at some comments by Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu, said it was outrageous to accuse anyone of wrongdoing.
“It is regrettable to be spending executive time to be discussing this,” declared Mr. Kyerematen in his response to a statement the Chairman of the Committee Ameyaw Kyeremeh has made allusion to.
“I must say before I take leave of you that a matter of this nature has been elevated to a public controversy and has led to a parliamentary enquiry and I want it to be put on record that it is our hope that we go through this process by the grace of that no adverse finding is established,” he noted.
The Minister disputed claims that, the governing party used the Ghana Expatriates Business Awards (GEBA) to fleece participants.
In the view of the Minister, should the committee fail to find anything untoward, “it will be a matter of deep regret that we have had as a country to endure a controversy that has the potential of making very significant damage to our international reputation.”
“If in the minds of the international public it is indeed the case that the government of Ghana is extorting monies from expatriates who have invested their monies in this country, do we not believe the impact that it would have on Ghana’s capacity to mobilize investments into this country?” he quizzed.
According to the audited account for the event, GH¢2, 667, 215, 00 was raised against an expenditure of GH¢2, 367, 426, 06 per a statement from the Ministry.
The Minister said the probe conducted by the presidency was ‘’’thorough’’ hence it is waste of state resources to probe the matter again.
“The [presidency’s] investigation was thorough.”
“I was written to and this was made public knowledge and I responded and after the response an official statement was issued by the Minister of Information. So I have no reason [but] to believe that it was a thorough investigation,” he added.