The minister-designate for Energy and Petroleum, Boakye Agyarko, on Monday told the appointments committee of parliament that he was shot and almost killed in 1983 during the PNDC era.
He said the incident happened after a coup attempt by Lance Corporal Halidu Giwa.
Agarko said he was picked up by the military and sent to the Airforce Station where he was shot.
"I almost lost my life, and through the intervention of Monsieur Le Veloire and my two sisters who are seated behind me, I was able to leave Ghana through London to France, and then settled in the United States under very difficult circumstances."
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YEN understands that Agarko was presumed dead and dumped at the 37 Military Hospital mortuary in Accra.
However, a mortuary attendant saw him move and helped to save his life.
Agarko then fled to the US where he lived as a political refugee for many years.
“I went to the US as a political refugee and qualified as such. In a matter of two years, I was able to upgrade my status from a refugee to that of a resident permit holder," he said.
"This is because I had a number of equity situations namely; my sister could apply for me to hold a green card as well as my mother, who had become a naturalized American citizen. Throughout the period, I stayed in America on a Green card, and at no point in time did I become a citizen of the United States.”