General News of Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio Gabrah has called the bluff of persons trying hard to destroy his name in the GHC 197 million judgment debt.
He said writing a letter seeking the Destination Inspection Companies (DICs) to help raise the debt to Bankswitch was done in “good spirit” and not the contrary as has been purported by the minority Members of Parliament.
“The letter to the DICs was distributed on government’s letterhead to demonstrate transparency in the deal and so why must the NPP think it was a bribe. They are just trying hard to destroy my name and government…,” he stated on Accra-based Okay FM on Tuesday.
Mr. Spio Garbrah’s reaction is in connection with allegations leveled against him by the minority in parliament that his move to write to the DICs offering them contracts in exchange for $35 million to defray government’s GHC 197 million judgment debt owed the I.T firm constitutes bribery.
The letter signed by Mr. Spio Garbrah informed the DICs that “any of them who can advance the Government of Ghana an amount of $35 million will be awarded a contract of 0.35% FOB on all Ghana’s imports for at least a period of five years to enable that company recover its investments.”
Parliament has been asked by the minority in Parliament to summon the Minister of Trade before the House to answer questions on the Ministry’s engagement with the DICs.
But Mr. Spio Garbrah believes that since the move by his outfit was genuine, he owes no one explanations to the engagements.
“Summoning me to parliament I think is not necessary because I have made my good intentions known to them. It just doesn’t add up,” he stressed.