Minority accuses Foreign Affairs Ministry of inflating cost of Embassy at Norway

The Minority in Parliament has accused government of inflating the price of a building it bought in Norway to be used as Ghana’sDiplomatic mission.

According to the Minority spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa, Ghana’s mission purchased the 100-year-old building at a price of $12.21 million when the same building was put up for sale in August 2017 for $3.5 million and in 2014 for $2.9 million.

However, his claims were rejected by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye on grounds that, the documents he provided were not admissible.

“This document is not validated in any manner whatsoever…it cannot be accepted as primary evidence in any court of competent jurisdiction,” the Speaker said.  

“If we were to allow such papers, they will reduce debates in this houseto a farce,” he added.

The alleged Embassy 

The Majority reacting to the issue said the Minister had been written to on the matter hence the action by the MP was not the best.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Frank Annor Dompreh reacted to the NDC MP, referring to his allegations as out of order.

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