Pulse.com.gh logo

Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen cleared by 'cash-for-seat committee'

The awards ceremony was organised by the Millennium Excellence Awards to acknowledge the role of expatriate businesses in the socio-economic development of the nation.

  • Published:

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a parliamentary ad hoc committee set up to investigate an alleged extortion of business expatriates at an awards ceremony.

He had earlier been cleared by the Flagstaff House after the president queried him over the saga.

READ MORE: Akufo-Addo belittling committee – Okudzeto

The awards ceremony was organised by the Millennium Excellence Awards to acknowledge the role of expatriate businesses in the socio-economic development of the nation.

Pulse.com.gh understands that the committee indicted the trade ministry for using public accounts to receive private monies.

The committee however observed that it came about because there was no law guiding the lodgment of funds in a public-private partnership in event management.

In a related development, the Minority members on the committee Friday issued a 'minority report' which accused the president of the Millennium Excellence Awards, Ashim Morton, of forgery.

“There is evidence on record to the effect that in its initial conception, the event had the President of the Republic as the centre of attraction and that payment for seats bore a direct relationship to the distance of the payor’s seat from the presidential high table. Furthermore, the evidence shows clearly that Mr Ashim Morton forged documents in a desperate attempt to cover up this blatant fact," the report said.

READ MORE: Tackle 'cash for dinner seats affair' - Rawlings to Akufo-Addo

The Speaker of Parliament Prof Mike Oquaye set up the committee after the Minority requested him to do so.

The Minority argued that the Public Financial Management Act was breached when some expatriates were charged based on sitting proximity with the president during an awards ceremony.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 2018 Budget Review Cedi performing better under Akufo-Addo than under...bullet
2 Remorse "I'm sorry" - Kweku Baako apologises over Anas/BBC...bullet
3 Our Money Adwoa Safo requests for $8500 from ‘broke’ NHIAbullet
4 No, PK! Very sad - Mahama shocked over the death of Amissah-Arthurbullet
5 Interment Amissah-Arthur to be buried at the military cemeterybullet
6 Budget Review We have cleared GHS 6 billion debt inherited...bullet
7 Campaign Promises Akufo-Addo inspects 1-village-1-dam...bullet
8 Politics I’m very happy NDC lost 2016 elections – Nana Konadubullet
9 Nationwide Tour Akufo-Addo begins 7-day Northern Ghana tourbullet
10 Legal Challenge Injunction filed to stop Akufo-Addo...bullet

Top Videos

1 Anas Aremeyaw Anas clashes with Kennedy Agyapong at radio stationbullet
2 Greedy Bastards NDC infiltrated by self-seeking opportunists – Mahamabullet
3 Anas Exposé Kennedy Agyapong attacks Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsubullet
4 Politics EC from DR Congo seek electoral advice from Mahamabullet
5 Political News Prof. Oquaye to be sworn in again as acting Presidentbullet
6 State Visit Mahama holds discussions with Dubai rulerbullet
7 Dr. Bawumia My husband is doing very well; he’ll return soon...bullet
8 Nana Addo $5bn ‘missing’ from gold exports to UAEbullet
9 Corruption Allegations NDC MP dares CID boss to arrest...bullet
10 Condolences Mahama Ayariga mourns Amissah-Arthurbullet