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Okudzeto Ablakwa Petitions CHRAJ Over Alleged Sale of SSNIT Hotels to Agric Minister

Ablakwa in his petition says the hotels are being sold to Bryan Acheampong, the Minister for Agriculture and MP for Abetifi

North-Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate and stop an alleged sale of six hotels belonging to state social security firm SSNIT.

Ablakwa in his petition says the hotels are being sold to Bryan Acheampong, the Minister for Agriculture and MP for Abetifi.

“Intercepted documents in my possession confirm that SSNIT is far advanced in selling a controlling 60% stake in six of its hotels to Rock City Hotel Limited owned by Hon. Bryan Acheampong, the MP for Abetifi and Minister for Food and Agriculture. Hon. Acheampong is a director and the sole beneficial owner of Rock City Hotel Limited,” he wrote on X, attaching copies of the said petition.

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The hotels referred to include the Labadi Beach Hotel, the La Palm Royal Beach Resort, the Elmina Beach Resort, the Ridge Royal Hotel, the Busua Beach Resort, and the Trust Lodge Hotel.

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Ablalwa’s case hinges on an alleged conflict of interest, and several actions that he says have caused an “abuse of office, procurement breaches, cronyism, and graft.”

“I have also drawn attention to blatant violations of Article 78(3) and 98(2) of the 1992 Constitution as diligent checks from Parliament’s Committee on Office of Profit reveal that Hon. Bryan Acheampong has not applied and does not have the permission of the Speaker of Parliament to hold an office of profit. Also, a number of these SSNIT hotels are very profitable and one wonders the rationale for the sale. I am additionally worried about potential job losses if this sale to Bryan Acheampong is finalised.”

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Mr. Bryan Achemapong, however, has yet to comment.

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