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Sale of SSNIT Hotels: Ablakwa Set to Embark on a Demonstration

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency in the Volta region, has served a notice to the officials of the Ghana Police Service of his intended demonstration against the purported sale of hotels belonging to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

The North Tongu lawmaker stated that, it is not in the best interest of the country that 60% of shares belonging to SSNIT be sold to Rock City Hotel, belonging to the Abetifi Member of Parliament and the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong.

The lawmaker, who has been active with oversight of government businesses and projects, has been very vociferous in opposition to the sale of the hotels.

According to Mr. Ablakwa, due process was not followed and procurement procedures were violated.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) seeking an investigation into the sale of the hotels owned by SSNIT.

In a letter from the office of the lawmaker dated, 23rd May, 2024, addressing the Greater Accra Regional police commander, Okudzeto Ablakwa stated, “pursuant to the public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491), this serves as a formal notice to your outfit that a consideration number of Ghanaians from all walks of life intend to demonstrate against the unconscionable sale of SSNIT’s stake in hotels to Rock City owned by the current minister for food and Agriculture, Hon. Bryan Acheampong.”

The proposed date for the demonstration is June 18, 2024 at 9am in the fore noon.

The demonstration, according to Ablakwa is to commence from the frontage of Labadi Beach Hotel, through to La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, then eventually make its final stop at the Jubilee House where a petition is expected to be presented to President Nana Akufo-Addo.

"As you are aware, it has been a week since I drew the nation’s attention to scandalous and unpatriotic efforts to sell SSNITS’s hotels to Rock City. I promptly filed a complaint at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on Friday, May 17, 2024.”

Expressing his dismay to the dead silence of the government over the sale of the SSNIT hotels, Hon. Ablakwa asserted, “regrettably, despite the national outrage, unambiguous demands from Organized Labour and Civil Society Organizations that the sale be stopped, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government has refused to listen to the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians who have loudly condemned this sale."

“Considering that the deal is about to be finalized and noting that the Agric Minister has been offering strange public justifications for his conduct, which reveals that the government intends to continue with this putrefying arrangement albeit with impunity; in these circumstances, as citizens, we are compelled to enter the next phase of our national resistance.”

He concluded by saying, “We hope we can count on the Ghana Police Service to cooperate in this defining matter of enormous public interest, and as expected of your institution under Act 491.”