Allegations that individuals or investors will have to pay a sum of $20,000 to officials at the Flagstaff House before being given access to see president Akufo-Addo are false, presidential spokesman Mustapha Hamid has said.
According to him, there is no need for anybody to pay any money to a government official before seeing the president, adding that the process involved was just about "queueing".
Mr. Hamid was speaking in reaction to some allegations made by the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, who accused officials at the Flagstaff House of using their positions to extort money from investors.
The lawmaker alleged that some members with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and at the presidency have been preventing investors from seeing the president, unless they (the investors) forked out $20,000.
He particularly called out the two deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor, labeling them as "corrupt men".
The MP subsequently advised the president to be careful of the people around him at the presidency or risk falling out with Ghanaians.
However, Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, has denied such a thing ever happening at the Flagstaff House.
Speaking in an interview with Class FM, Mr. Hamid explained that the processes involved in seeing the president are not that difficult and it required just informing him or the president's personal assistant for a meeting to be scheduled.
According to him, "everybody who has certain closeness with the President, whether it is Asenso or Abu Jinapor or anybody, this is exactly what will happen. They will seek the clearance from the President and the President will say go and see Saratu Atta (the president's PA) for an appointment. That is what happens so why do you have to pay $20,000?”
He further remarked that president Akufo-Addo and vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia are very open to visits from anybody and all it involved was queuing and not any payment to any official at the presidency.