To put to rest the Brouhaha that has engulfed the infamous Ghana Expatriate Business Awards Event, the office of the Presidency has officially summoned the Trade and Industry Minister, Hon. Allan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng to present written report on the Ministry’s involvement in the alleged scandal by close of 5pm today.
In telephone conversation with Mr. Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communication at the office of the Presidency in Accra on the most famous Adom fm’s 12.00pm news, he confirmed that the Minister in charge of Trade and Industry Ministry has been asked to file a written report to the President latest by 5pm today explaining the Ministry’s alleged role in the scandal.
When asked by Afia Pokua, aka Vim Lady, a co-host of the said afternoon news aired today 20th December, 2017 to confirm per the assertion that Hon. Carlos Arhenkorah, the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry and a fist timer MP representing Tema West Constituency has been summoned to the office of the President, Mr. Eugene Arhin denied vehemently stating that he has not been invited to the Office of the President, instead the Substantive Minister has been asked to report officially to the President the role played by the Ministry in the Ghana Expatriate Business Award event.
Mr. Eugene Arhin, Communication Director at the Presidency stated that the President has no idea about the alleged amount of money charge from the expatriates to allow them sit close to the President.
The invitation extended by the Presidency to the substantive Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Allan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng follows a confrontation which almost ended in a fix fight between Hon. Carlos Arhenkorah and Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu and Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs in Parliament.
The Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs granting interview to a cross section of the media at the Parliament House affirmed the allegation made a week ago By the Minority Chief Whip. Hon. Muntaka Mubarak stating that the Ministry of Trade and Industry charged the expatriates who attended the Ghana Expatriate Business Award held on 2nd December, 2017 between $25,000-$100,000 each to allow them sits close to the President who was in attendance to grace the occasion. He argued further that the amount charged was not approved by Parliament and also did not reflect in the internally generated funds (IGF) of the Ministry.
The allegation by the MP for Asawase Constituency has received strong denial and opposition from Hon. Carlos Arhenkorah, the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister.
He explained that the Ministry of Trade and Industry only played a role to facilitate the implementation of the new initiative by the Millennium Excellence Foundation, a body known for organizing such class of events.