- The Deputy Information Minister has denied claims that the government is suspending the Agyapa deal
- Pius Enam Hadzide says the government is poised to go ahead with the agreement
- He also jabbed the former president for "expressing pedestrian'' views on the matter
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Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, says the government has not suspended the Agyapa Royalties deal, as it is being peddled in a section of the media.
According to the minister, the attempt by some CSOs and PIAC to create a false impression that the government has shelved the Agyapa deal will not work.
In an interview on Starrfm.com.gh on Thursday, September 3, 2020, he denied that falsehood and said the government was still going ahead with the deal.
He also added that the NPP government will continue to provide explanations and share information to individuals and organizations who ask for details.
“The brief that I have is that the government still is engaging CSOs to give them better clarity. The fundamental misunderstanding and misconceptions are being clarified. The CSOs engaged with the Finance Ministry and my understanding is that some clarity has been given. It is the position that we can walk and chew gum at the same time. After the meeting, I heard Franklin Cudjoe describing the deal as a good deal,” he said on Starr FM.
The Deputy Information Minister further took a swipe at former President John Dramani Mahama.
Mr. Hadzide said the NDC flagbearer lacks a deeper understanding of the Agyapa Royalties deal.
John Dramani Mahama is on record to have described the Agyapa deal as a bad one for the country and has promised to revert it when he wins power.
But the deputy minister said the NDC leader is only making “pedestrian arguments” about the deal and joining the bandwagon who are only raising the concerns about the deal.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that former Chairman of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), Dr. Steve Manteaw, has described both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as “thieves”.
Speaking on Adom FM in Accra, Dr. Manteaw said the two main political parties in Ghana have created a loot and share system to milk the country of its resources.
“… the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) only come to power to use their intelligence to create, loot, and share from the country's coffers,” he fumed.
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