Future NDC govt will investigate SSNIT’s “dubious agreement” – Ablakwa

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has vowed that future National Democratic Congress (NDC) government would investigate what he described as “dubious agreements” by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

The North Tongu legislator also expressed disappointment that the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) in their response to his petition, failed to address constitutional and legal issues he raised in his petition to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

“Reading the SSNIT statement, it is clear SSNIT deliberately avoid the germane issues. There are constitutional and legal Issues that I raised in my petition to CHRAJ but SSNIT does not respond to them. I must say I am disappointed in the response of SSNIT because constitutional and legal issues that I raised in my petition to CHRAJ SSNIT conveniently did not respond to them. They could not also address the issue of conflict of interest that I raised”

Ablakwa noted that the organization did not address the conflict of interest concerns he raised, particularly regarding Article 78 clause 3 and Article 98 clause 2 of the Constitution which prohibit members of parliament and ministers of state from engaging in business transactions and holding offices of profit without permission from the Speaker.

“Take for example the fundamental issue of conflict of interest, why should a minister of state, why should a member of parliament be participating in purchase of state asset that are in the care of these public officials. SSNIT does not respond to those fundamental issues of conflict of interest”

“Remember in my petition, I have raised Article 78 clause 3 and 98 clause 2 which debars members of parliament and ministers of state from engaging in business transactions and holding office of profit if they do not have permission from the speaker as I stated in my petition but SSNIT failed to address these issues too”

The North Tongu MP maintained that, although he attached documents he obtained from the Speaker of Parliament to his petition, covering MPs who sought permission to do business as prescribed by the 1992 Constitution, SSNIT still failed to address the fundamental issues of conflict of interest.

He also highlighted that SSNIT in its attempt to respond to his petition, failed to explain how Rock City Hotel, which started operating phase 1 in November 2019, qualify to participate in a bid that started a year before, in 14 November 2018, have been able to get the financial muscle and technical capacity to outcompete the other 14 competing companies as confirmed by the statement from SSNIT.

He demanded SSNIT make details of the 14 companies public, as well as explain why those companies did not qualify during the bidding process.

“I have evidence that these 6 hotels have been undervalue. These sales must stop and the 6 hotels must be preserved by the state, Ghanaian jobs must be preserved and we must stop this naked state capture” Mr. Ablakwa said.

He, however, served notice that if the National Democratic Congress (NDC) returns to power, they will investigate what he termed a “dubious agreement” and apply the laws as necessary.

“So, from all these evidences, you can be sure that this transaction is not going to serve national interest. And SSNIT also must take note that all these dubious engagements it is carrying out, will be subject to a review under a future NDC government,” he told Metro TV.

By: Bright Yao Dzakah | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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