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SSNIT Hotel Sale: Akufo-Addo must stop transaction immediately – Ablakwa

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Organizers of the “Hands Off Our Hotels” demonstration are set to protest the sale of a 60% stake in six hotels owned by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) tomorrow, June 17.

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, a convener of the demonstration, has already petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) against the sale to Agriculture Minister Bryan Acheampong.

Mr. Ablakwa argues that selling state properties to government officials is an abuse of power.

Addressing the media, Mr. Ablakwa, stressed that a key demand in their petition to President Akufo-Addo during tomorrow’s protest is for him to immediately halt the sale to Bryan Acheampong.

“We have said in our petition that we insist that President Akufo-Addo should immediately stop the sale of our SSNIT hotels. We want an immediate declaration from the president. This is because since we started this adjucation, all the president has done is ask organised labour to go and the SSNIT Board. At which meetings, this organised labour has told us that these appointees of the president tried to convince them to agree with them for the sale to go ahead. So, clearly, the president and these appointees don’t want to stop the sale, and we are going to insist tomorrow that the president announces that they are backing out of this unconstitutional transaction.

“We are also demanding that state assets no longer be sold, particularly the profitable ones. Historically, since 1966, the sale of state assets has not been in the supreme interest of Ghana. If we have made mistakes as a country since February 24, 1966, when over 300 companies that Kwame Nkrumah established were sold, All of them have now collapsed,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Trades Union Congress, Naa Ayele Ardayfio Sekyere declared support for the protest and reiterated the demand for public officials to stay off the hotels.

“This is a national call for all of us, and we have to be interested in this. This is because I don’t want to work the whole of my over 40 years of work and go on retirement as a pauper. Indeed, that is the age at which you need to visit the doctor. So, this is a call for all of us; let us arise. It has been said clearly, Hands off our hotels, and not just our hotels but all those lands that are being sold, please stop,” he stated.

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