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SSNIT Hotels Sale: Ablakwa to lead ‘Hands off Our Hotels’ demo

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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu, will today, June 18, lead a demonstration aimed at stopping the sale of a 60% interest in four SSNIT-owned hotels to Rock City Hotel, belonging to the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong.

The transaction has come under scrutiny from Ablakwa, Organised Labour, and various parties, who have raised concerns about the fairness of the procedure that resulted in the selection of Rock City as the preferred buyer.

During a conversation with Citi News, the legislator from North Tongu expressed that the aim of the protest is to compel the government to halt the ongoing sale process.

“If honourable Bryan Acheampong has the expertise and capacity to turn hotels around, he is sitting in cabinet, why doesn’t he bring that to bear so that we can turn these hotels around if indeed they turning around for it to benefit all of us?

“Why is it that he will only bring his expertise to bear when he has bought it when he now has controlling shares of 60 percent, he stands to benefit directly as the sole shareholder of Rock City. I mean, how can you explain this? So what is he doing in the cabinet? Why are we paying him?”

He added that the transaction is a clear case of state capture by appointees of the government.

“It is clear that this is all about state capture, and that is why all of us must rise up. If the numbers are massive, and I have no doubt that we are going to have a massive turnout, we will send a very clear message to the president that enough of the state capture.”

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