Cash-for-seat: Trade Minister says GHC2.6m was raised

General News of Friday, 22 December 2017



Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen

Trades Minister, Alan Kyerematen, has published his response to the query from the Presidency about his involvement in the controversial $100,000 charged expatriates for access to Akufo-Addo during an awards event.

The Presidency has stated that officials at the Trade Ministry did no wrong in commercialising the Presidential Table at the recent Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).

The Minority had accused the Ministry of Trade and Industry of charging expatriates between 25,000 and 100,000 dollars, to offer them seats close to the President at the event.

According to them, the fees charged at the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards were not the kind of fees approved by Parliament, and that the monies were also not accounted for in the Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of the Ministry’s accounts.

However, in a statement, the government said, “ the facts, as reported to the president, do not disclose any wrongdoing on the part of the minister of any government official”.

“The President has therefore asked the minister to put those facts before the Ghanaian people,” a statement signed by the Information minister said Thursday.

Alan Kyrematen’s outfit published the response on Thursday, revealing that an amount of GH? 2,667, 215.00 was raised against an expenditure of GH? 2, 367, 426.06.

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