Cash-for-Seat C’tee not likely to meet extension deadline today

The five member ad hoc Parliamentary Committee that probed the cash-for-seat saga is unlikely to meet today’s deadline to present the report of its investigations to Parliament.

The Committee was given a one week extension to conclude its work following a request by expatriates businessmen to have an in camera hearing.

The Committee has so far met the Minority MPs who petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, the Trade and Industry Minister, the Millennium Excellence Foundation which organized the controversial awards ceremony, expats business owners and the Controller and Accountant General.

The Committee was expected to submit its report to the plenary for consideration and adoption, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

But according to Starr News, the report is currently not ready hence the committee is unlikely to meet the deadline.

On January 5, 2018, the Minority Chief Whip moved a motion at an emergency Parliamentary sitting calling on the House to investigate the alleged levies collected by the Ministry of Trade & Industry of the Ghana Cedi equivalent of various sums up to US$100,000.00 from expatriate businesses and related matters during the recently held Ghana Expatriates Business Awards in Accra.

According to him, the documents at his disposal clearly showed that some monies were collected from expatriates, noting that such was unethical.

The motion was seconded by the MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.


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