President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has criticized the opposition MP Isaac Adongo, who was reinforced by former President John Dramani Mahama, who posted it on his Facebook page a few days ago, to refer to himself and his home townspeople as ‘Akyem Mafia’ and ‘Sakawa’
In a statement concerning the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal, the Bolgatanga Central MP accused the President and his kith of forming a family-and-friends cartel to capture the state’s mineral resources through the deal.
President Akufo-Addo not only said he was “very disturbed” by the ethnocentric tagging of his ethnic group at a meeting with the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference at the Jubilee House on Friday, 4 August 2020, but also said “that is the kind of language we don’t want in our politics.”
“Sometimes when things come out one would hope people will comment on them. My opponent’s comment: ‘Akyem Sakawa’ people, I haven’t heard any public figure in this country or anyone commenting on it.”
“If I were to get up to make a comment on Northerners or Gonjas, you could imagine the uproar in the country,” the president lamented.
According to him, freedom of speech should not be seen from the viewpoint of enabling the opposition to go at the least chance to the administration.
“If you criticize the Government, it’s true, no matter what you say. If the government is to respond, this is somehow unlawful, “the president complained, adding:” If the president opens his mouth and says something that is unacceptable, he should be reproved. In the same way, opposition politicians should be brought to book if they conduct themselves in an unacceptable manner by their utterances.
In his statement, President Nana Akufo-Addo and the ‘Akyem Mafia’ described the Agyapa Royalties deal as a “big fraud on Ghana.”
In line with the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) Act, 2018 (Act 978), Parliament recently approved some agreements to allow Ghana to derive maximum value from its mineral resources and to monetize Ghana’s mineral income in a sustainable and responsible way.
The move gives Agyapa Royalties Limited the right to secure approximately $ 1 billion in funding for large infrastructure projects by the Government.
Parliament’s Minority boycotted the deal and accused the Government of mortgaging the gold resources of Ghana.
Former President John Mahama, the flagbearer of the largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), also reiterated the concerns of the Minority and said that he would not respect the deal should he win the polls of December 7, 2020.
Below is a statement by Mr. Adongo, which Mr. Mahama also shared on Facebook:
Says Hon Isaac Adongo;
The last straw is Agyapa Royalties Fraud: The Akyem Sakawa Boys and Grandpas Must Go
The Agyapa royalty deal is a huge fraud by Akufo-Addo and the Akyem Mafia against Ghana. You mortgaged Getfund proceeds in excess of GHS25 billion over the next 10 years to borrow $1.5 billion and yet you could not expand educational infrastructure and build new schools to end double track, you mortgaged bauxite buried on the ground in Sinohydro to borrow $2 billion but have nothing to show after nearly 2 years, you mortgaged ESLA proceeds in excess of GHS3010 for the next 10 years
Besides borrowing $9 billion in 3 years in Eurobonds alone and illegally borrowing $500 m term bonds on the capital market in February 2020 without parliamentary approval in violation of Article 181 of the Constitution, all without showing anything, what magic can you do with the $500 m Agyapa theft money?
How can Akufo-Addo, 76, mortgage revenues of about GHS75 billion of the state be stolen for his maladministration without worrying about how his children and grandchildren will manage the economy into the future.
No wicked man ever ruled this country and destroyed the fiscal and debt framework of Ghana the way Nana Addo and the empty lying Dr. Bawumia did.
Industry players estimate that only 11 major mining companies in Ghana will give Ghana an average of $250 million a year, $3 billion in 10 years, and $4,250 billion in 15 years in royalties payments planned for just $500 million to be handed over to Agyapa Royalties. These estimates exclude new mining developments that will come onstream over the next 15 years, such as Cardinal Resources’ highly profitable development of mining in the Upper East. How did they value $4.250 billion in fifteen years to reach $500 million as 49 percent of that?
You can’t put Lions in charge of sheep and expect the sheep to come back alive and meet them.
They will now sell us to borrow if they are allowed 1 more year in office to satisfy their insatiable corrupt habits.