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Agyapa report: Don’t patronize me – Amidu to Eugene Arhin

BY: Graphic.com.gh

The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu says his corruption risk assessment report on the Agyapa Minerals Royalties deal must be taken seriously and not trivialized.

Mr. Amidu said this in a statement issued on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

He issued the statement on the back of a separate statement released by the Presidency and comments by the Minister of Finance in reaction to the corruption risk assessment report from his Office.

“I do not intend to be patronized as the Special Prosecutor as Mr. Eugene Arhin appears to have conveyed by the statement issued under his hand. Analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessments are a serious anti-corruption tool with very serious consequences for any country dedicated to fighting corruption and making corruption a high-risk enterprise. The sixty-four (64) page report was analyzed and assessed professionally and referenced with detailed analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment of the Agyapa Royalties Transactions from which no one can just pick and choose what he wants. The documents and the facts are real and were not manufactured by the Special Prosecutor.”

“The Office of the Special Prosecutor was either seriously intended to prevent and fight corruption or was only intended as a show piece to be trivialized. The sixty-four (64) page report must be taken seriously to make corruption a very high-risk venture in Ghana,” he added in the statement.

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Mr. Amidu after analysing the controversial Agyapa Minerals Royalties Agreement produced a 64-paged report on the agreement.

In his report, Mr. Amidu raised red flags over the deal and took a swipe at the Minister of Finance and other officials who contributed to processes that led to the approval by Parliament.

The Special Prosecutor insisted that several processes were flouted prior to the parliamentary approval.

The Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta commenting on the report rejected the claims by the Special Prosecutor.

Reacting to the corruption risk assessment report, a statement from the Presidency, signed by the Director of Communications, Mr Eugene Arhin among other things directed the Minister of Finance to send the agreement back to Parliament for the approval processes to begin from the scratch.

Read a copy of the Special Prosecutor’s full statement below:

Below is a copy of the full report