-Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo has criticised President Akufo-Addo's endorsement of the activities of Mr Joseph Siaw Agyapong and his Jospong Group.
-He believes it is a in appropriate for the president to endorse a company under investigations
Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo has stated that President Nana Akufo-Addo was wrong to have endorsed activities of the Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Joseph Siaw Agyapong.
President Akufo-Addo, during a visit to the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant at Adjen Kotoku which belongs to Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Jospong, sang praises for Mr Siaw Agyapong.
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“…More grease to your elbow and the contribution you are making to our social life is inestimable.
“When you are at the forefront of doing things, like you are, you will be the subject of controversy, it goes with the territory. I know you a little bit, and I know you are capable of handling it. Stay focused,” he told the businessman.
His comments were however deemed by a section of Ghanaians as being uncalled for considering that Mr Siaw Agyapong's company is under investigations for allegedly inflating the costs of some contracts it executed under the previous government.
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Many, including the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) felt the president's comments could likely affect the investigations.
The Senior Minister seems to agree with the criticisms and has come up with his own.
Speaking at the launch of his year’s national anti-corruption and transparency week in Accra on Monday, Mr Osafo Maafo was of the opinion that President Akufo-Addo's comments were inappropriate.
“It’s certainly not right. It will give the wrong signals if you are seen to be pampering or endorsing a known wrong doer…That one is not right,” he stated.
The Senior Minister's statement can described as bold as it is not often that you hear a minister criticising a president.
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