The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has said that the  Special Prosecutor’s report on the controversial Agyapa Royalties agreement has proven beyond doubt that the Minority was right about the deal.

According to him, when the Minority raised concerns about the deal in Parliament, the Majority side did not treat their concerns as important.

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has raised red flags against the Agyapa Royalties deal.

In his corruption risk assessment, Mr. Amidu argued that consultations over the deal were not comprehensive and innovative enough.

He further disclosed that the selection and appointment of advisors for the agreement did not meet the “fundamentals of probity, transparency, and accountability.”

Amidu also accused the Finance Ministry of awarding the transaction advisors deal to “surrogates” of the Ministry.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Inusah Fuseini who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale Central stated that he agreed with the assessment that the Special Prosecutor made on the Agyapa Royalties deal.

“When I raised these concerns in Parliament and the Speaker overruled me, I walked out of the chamber because we were engaged in constitutional illegality. In fact, Martin Amidu says there was no law. Well, I have been following this matter and I agree with Martin Amidu. I have seen the date that the President assented to the Bill and the day that the law was gazetted was way after the 14th of August 2020 so there is really a problem.”

He stated that the assessment has gone to show the level of partisan politics happening in Parliament.

“That also exposes the partisan nature of politics in Ghana and particularly Parliament. No matter the gravity of the matter, the Majority will treat suggestions of the Minority with impunity.”

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister is set to re-submit the agreement in Parliament following an order by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Source: Citinewsroom


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