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SSNIT Hotels Sale: Minority Caucus backs ‘Hands Off Our Hotels’ demo

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The Minority Caucus in Ghana’s Parliament has announced its support for the upcoming ‘Hands Off Our Hotels’ demonstration scheduled for June 18, 2024, 

This demonstration is aimed at halting the government’s proposed sale of state-owned hotels to the Minister of Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong.

North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the conveynor of the demonstration in Accra, has expressed disapproval of what they describe as a “sweetheart deal.” 

The Minority Chief Whip, Kwame Governs Agbodza, condemned the transaction in a signed statement, labeling it as a manifestation of “cronyism, official corruption, and state capture,” which they claim characterises the current NPP government.

The statement further criticised the government, questioning whether the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration is committed to the welfare of the people or if it views political power as a means to personal enrichment through the acquisition of state-owned enterprises and assets.

“This sweetheart deal, which transfers iconic and profitable state-owned hotels to a cabinet minister, further confirms the wanton cronyism, official corruption, and state capture that have become the hallmarks of the NPP government. 

“This adds to the long list of questionable arrangements that make Ghanaians wonder whether members of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government are committed to improving the lot of the people or only see political power as an avenue to enrich themselves by grabbing state-owned businesses and strategic state assets for themselves. 

“We therefore want to use this opportunity to indicate the Minority’s strong opposition to the sale of these hotels to the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Bryan Acheampong, and urge the public to join Tuesday’s “Hands Off Our Hotels Demonstration” to send a strong signal to the government that the people of Ghana take exception to this shady deal. Enough is enough! The attempt to sell off profitable state-owned hotels to Hon. Bryan Acheampong is wrong, unacceptable, and must not be condoned.

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