Trade Minister Summoned To Flagstaff House Over Controversial $100k Charge
President Nana Akufo-Addo has summoned the Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyeremanten, over the allegations that his ministry charged expatriates between $25,000 and $100,000 to enable them to sit close to the President at an awards ceremony.
The President is seeking full disclosure on the matter and has given the Minister until 5 pm today [Wednesday] to report to him.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has already dissociated itself from these allegations which first came from the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak.
Mr. Mubarak said the fees charged at the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA) were not approved by Parliament, adding that the monies were also not accounted for in the Internally Generated Funds [IGF] of the Ministry's accounts.
The Trade Ministry, in a statement , said it played no role in determining prices for seats at the event and clarified that it only facilitated the implementation of a new initiative by the Millennium Excellence Foundation.
It also said the foundation was to take that responsibility for the organisation of the event.
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