Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency and former deputy education minister under the Mahama led administration, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has revealed that the country is likely to be the biggest loser in the highly controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.
According to the loud mouth Member of Parliament, the deal has a high-risk venture likely to plunge the country’s economy into a complete mess.
Describing the deal as “messy and opaque”, Hon Ablakwa pointed out that listing on the London Stock Exchange does not guarantee the deal’s success.
“Listing your business on the stock market does not make it a guaranteed investment. The Stock market can fluctuate anytime, so those saying listing it on the London Stock Exchange guarantees some kind of security or we will have more value for the packaged gold deal under this messy and opaque deal are absolutely wrong,” he strongly held.
Explaining further, he recounted how people lost their whole investments somewhere in 2007 during the global financial crisis.
“This makes this deal very risky,” he added.
Whiles bemoaning the fact that chiefs and custodians of lands where these natural resources can be mostly found were not consulted prior to the deal, the NDC MP also held that if one wants to assess the corporate good governance of a government, there are certain countries that cannot be cited as examples because of their negative global connotations.
“In the world over, countries are moving away from or have stopped doing business in tax haven and jurisdictions that look shady and do not represent any transparency.
“Ghana right now has been downgraded in terms of money laundering by the European Union because of some these shady, and dubious dealings going on in the country….
“These natural resources belongs to all us, therefore one needs to consult with the chiefs and people in whose lands these natural resources can be found…..but unfortunately, this has not been done,” Hon Ablakwa stated.