The Minority in Parliament has called for a full-scale probe into the purported procurement of a property at an inflated cost of $12 million in Oslo, Norway, for the Ghana mission
Speaking at a press conference in Accra Tuesday, the Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs,
He displayed documents, some of which had been translated from the Norwegian language into English and others from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance, to support his claim of the government's agreement to purchase the facility and give specifications for the modification of the building.
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He made the documents available to journalists.
In one of the documents, the Ministry of Finance purportedly released GH¢15.3 million to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration for the Ghana missions in Norway, China
There was also a letter purportedly written by the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
He claimed that the Chancery and a residence were priced at $15.1 million but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented an inflated figure of $16.5 million to the Committee of Foreign Affairs.
He also showed a video showing people modifying some aspects of the supposed building in Oslo.
He said it was important for the syndicate to be exposed and the perpetrators punished for their involvement in the deal.
He said it was also important to know the involvement of the Cabinet in the procurement of the facility in Oslo.
He again demanded to see the response of the parties, including the seller to the Minister.
Contributing to the debate on the approval of budget estimates for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Parliament last Monday, Mr Ablakwa said the current owner of six-bedroom property being converted into a chancery for Ghana's new mission in Norway, bought it at $3.6 million in 2017, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was procuring the property at $12 million.
He said the latest purchase price by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration appeared to inflate the cost of the property by a whopping $8,620,379.
"Records show that a previous buyer Lillian Olsson bought the property in 2014 for 25,250,000 Norwegian Kroner (NOK) equivalent to $3,598,108. According to Norwegian Financial newspaper known as Finansavisen, Lillian Olsson sold the property in August 2017 to an unknown buyer for BOK 31,000,000 equivalent to $3,598,108.
"Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration gas made a presentation to Parliament's Select Committee on Foreign Affairs that Ghana us purchasing thus same building at a staggering NOK 105,180 000 equivalent to $12,218,487.
He called for a probe of the procurement process because it was fraudulent.
She said a state agency in Norway valued the property at $11 million but a newspaper in that country put the value at $3 million.
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"Immediately I asked them to stop or stay all proceedings on the transaction. As at last week, I had no intention of continuing the purchase.