John Mahama Questions Controversial Agyapa Minerals Royalties Deal

The Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani
Mahama, has questioned the motive behind the Akufo-Addo government’s decision to pass
the controversial agreement between the Agyapa Mineral Royalty Limited and the government of Ghana, despite the Minority in Parliament raising serious questions over the

Addressing supporters of the NDC at Dzodze as part of his four-day tour of the Volta
Region, Mr Mahama saluted the Minority in Parliament for drawing attention to the
elevated risk in placing an ostensible second Sovereign Wealth Fund in a haven.

He pointed out that the deal is shrouded in secrecy, as individuals and shareholders behind
the company are still unknown to Ghanaians.

“Up till now they have not disclosed the shareholders of the company, who are behind the company and any time there is corruption, the President clears them”, he added.

Mr Mahama also questioned the prudence of the government’s decision to mortgage
Ghana’s mineral royalties over such a long period of years when it has only four months left
to be in office, despite the genuine concerns raised by the Minority.

“And for a responsible government, why should you go and invest in an offshore tax haven,
where we know that is where fraudulent transaction takes place,”? he asked.

Mr Mahama also questioned the fairness and effectiveness of the Special Prosecutor in
handling corruption cases, especially those that involve government officials.

“There are cases at the office of the special prosecutor but they have tied his hand, he can’t investigate them, they have stopped him, as long as he is an NPP person, he can’t do
anything”, he said.


Source: Ghana|

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