The President of policy think tank, IMANI Ghana Franklin Cudjoe has described as a ‘standard practice’ the charging of expatriates business magnates $100.000.00 to sit on a table with President Akufo-Addo during Ghana Expatiates Business Awards.
He said there was nothing wrong in what the organisers did if the monies were not extorted questioning why the ministry handled the issue poorly.
‘My personal opinion is that the Trade Ministry handled this thing quite poorly. Secondly, I have to also say that if you organize a formal programme with business people, there is actually nothing entirely wrong if they paid for tables…unless of course, those sums were indeed extorted. We have to differentiate the two.
‘If the sums were not extorted and to the extent that it was a business meeting, and people wanted to sit close to the president there is nothing wrong. I would have thought that if the tables were sold in a manner that made people feel that I’m being made to pay a sum that I don’t like, that’s the difference here. It’s standard practice but I think it was poorly executed by the Ministry, of course that is what I feel,’ he told Citi FM.
Eyebrows were raised when news got viral that expatriates were charged huge sums of monies to sit on a table with the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Oquaye granted a bipartisan committee to probe into the matter upon a request by the Minority in Parliament.