Minority in Parliament promise to kick out Agyapa deal

Members of the minority wing in Parliament have expressed outrage following the president’s announcement of his administration coming back to re-engage Parliament on the steps it intends to take on the future of the Agyapa Mineral Royalties transaction.

According to the minority caucus, should the deal take the shape of the old shady deal that was presented to parliament last year, then the government should forget Parliament approving it.

Speaking on behalf of the minority caucus in an interview on Citi News in the wake of the president’s state of the nation address, Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader in Parliament said he is not convinced about the deal citing that the minority group “will not support it.”

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“Agyapa [coming] back [means] corruption is back. We will not support it. I am very certain in my mind and I remain unconvinced,” he said.

Delivering his State of the Nation (SONA) on Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo hinted that the controversial Agyapa Mineral Royalties deal that failed to see the light of day in the 7th Parliament will be resurrected in the 8th Parliament.

But in an interview on Eyewitness News, Member of Parliament for Yapei-Kusawgu, John Abdulai Jinapor reiterated that the minority is more concerned about Ghana and the future of the Ghanaian future for which it will not approve of the deal should the document take the shape of the old shady deal that was presented last year.

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“The interest of the Minority is that of Ghana. We will be part of any process that will inure to the benefit of this country. We haven’t even seen the document, we haven’t seen what they are bringing but given the record of this government and our experience with them, I will be surprised if they bring anything good, that is why I maintain that if it comes in this form, it should be considered dead on arrival,” he said.

“Our position is clear that if Agyapa is brought back with all those issues, it should be considered dead on arrival. We will not be part of any attempt to mismanage the future resources and mortgage the future of the youth to some selected individuals and their personal gains. That will not happen in this parliament,” he added.

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