- President Akufo-Addo was a guest of honour at the MUSIGA Presidential Ball on Friday 29th December 2017
- He passed a comment to the effect that he hoped no one had to pay money in order to sit close to him
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had attendees at the MUSIGA Presidential Ball laughing when he joined them on Friday 29th December 2017.
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The ministry of Trade and Industry was recently involved in a controversy with respect to claims of monies taken from expatriates.
Information available to YEN.com.gh showed that the ministry allegedly took between $25,000 and $100,000 from people who wished to sit by the president during the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards ceremony.
The minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanteng, was allegedly queried by the presidency in that respect, and consequently, the ministry was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The issue was initially raised on the floor of Parliament by the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak.
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The matter is still pending in Parliament, as the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Aaron Oquaye, has summoned Parliament for an emergency sitting on Friday, January 5, 2018.
Whilst speaking at the MUSIGA Presidential Ball, president Akufo-Addo passed a comment to the effect that he was hopeful those who sat close to him at the high table did not have to pay for their seats.
“I hope that it will not be said that I asked people to pay GHc 1,500 to come and have dinner with me tonight.
This is a MUSIGA presidential Ball and it should stay as such or I will be the subject of a parliamentary inquiry”, he said.
He went ahead to reiterate his government’s intention to support the Arts and Entertainment industry.
“The government will protect and support anti-piracy laws for the industry to protect our musicians”, he stressed.
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