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Controversially selecting Rock City Hotel over 14 competitors strange – Ablakwa to SSNIT

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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, has voiced strong objections to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust’s (SSNIT) rationale behind selling a 60% stake in six hotels to the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Bryan Acheampong.

The North Tongu MP has expressed reservations about SSNIT’s selection of the Agriculture Minister over other bidders, citing numerous inconsistencies in their explanation.

Concerned about potential conflicts of interest, abuses of power, and procurement irregularities, Mr. Ablakwa has sought the intervention of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to scrutinize the transaction, with a particular emphasis on the sale involving the Abetifi MP.

In defense of its decision, SSNIT has claimed that the collaboration with an investor for the hotel management and investment was initiated in 2018, adhering to the International Competitive Tendering (ICT) guidelines as per the Public Procurement Ac

Nonetheless, in a social media statement dated May 20, 2024, Mr. Ablakwa highlighted a timeline discrepancy. He pointed out that SSNIT’s procurement process, which began on November 14, 2018, occurred before Rock City commenced operations in November 2019. The MP questioned how Rock City managed to surpass 14 other contenders so soon after opening, casting doubt on the rapid acquisition of their financial and technical prowess.

“It’s interesting to discover from the SSNIT statement that their controversial procurement processes for the sale of the 6 hotels started on November 14, 2018. 

“In November 2018, Rock City had not opened for business. According to the management of Rock City in an interview with the Miami Herald, Phase 1 of Rock City commenced operations in November 2019 — a year after the SSNIT procurement processes were rolled out. 

“… It is even more profound that soon after commencing operations in the middle of the SSNIT procurement, Rock City gathered the financial and technical might to knock out all the other 14 firms they competed against,” the post stated.  

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