Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri, Frank Annor Dompreh, has indicated that ranking member of the committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has become a nuisance to parliament.
According to him, the North Tongu legislature would destroy his reputation and put his career at risk if he persists in accusing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, of wrongdoing in the Oslo Chancery scandal.
Okudzeto Ablakwas exposé has left Mr. Annor Dompreh a very bitter man who insists he would find it difficult to work with the ranking member in future.
Hon. Annor Dompreh addressed the media in Parliament on Thursday 20th December, 2018 to clarify matters raised by the Minority about the purchase of property in Oslo, Norway for use as Chancery and took issue with Ablakwas description of certain fees as illegal and stressed that checks indicate such charges are normal in the industry.
Hon. Annor Dompreh’s argument was, however, made in hindsight to denials that government has purchased any property in Norway.
According to him, the Ministry would not have purchased a property for embassy without going through due process.
He said, “The document he is banding about as a contract agreement is nothing but an offer to the Ministry by owners of the property who quoted US$16.5 million as their asking price. The offer was not accepted for it to become biding on the Ministry. The property in Norway has not been bought and has not been paid for.”
The Minister, he stressed, was very cooperative on the matter and had responded to all concerns raised by the Committee.
He said, You have a minister that has been very cooperative to us, right from we touring the foreign missions and any time we had called on her, she has been very cooperative.
He added, “How do you impugn criminality on somebody who has been so transparent to the Committee?
Ablakwa is becoming a nuisance to the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana and it is high time he is told in the face that we mean business.”
Vice Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Ampratwum-Sarpong Kwaku who offered an explanation to what he described as a mix-up, indicated that the property in question for the chancery is a 15-bedroom house at a high-end part of Oslo, which was priced at US$12 million dollars.
He indicated that there was a second property that the Ministry considered for purchase as residence for the ambassador, a 6-bedroom house with a price of US$2.5 million.
Hon. Ablakwa, he said, is confusing the Ghanaian public by misquoting the price of the property to be used as chancery for the one to be used as residence.
He stressed that no agreement has been signed; no contract has been exchanged and no money has been transferred for the transaction.
According to him, the Ministry has not paid for any purchase of property in Oslo Norway as being claimed by the ranking member.
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