‘I Lobbied For GCDL Divestiture Deal for people of Akwatia’

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Akwatia Constituency in the Eastern Region, Mohammed Baba Jamal, has dismissed claims by some officials of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the area that he did not contribute to the contractual agreement of the divestiture for Ghana Consolidated Diamond Limited (GCDL) for the people of Akwatia.  

Speaking in an interview with Today to set the records straight on the matter, Mr Jamal stated that he was deeply involved in the promotion of GCDL for divestiture.

According to him, he worked to ensure that the company was taken over by a strategic investor to help provide jobs for the people of Akwatia and its adjoining communities in the region.

“l did not do that for personal gain and l want to state here categorically that personally, l never benefited a pesewa from the sale of GCDL. I rather spent my own resources for about two years going round to ensure that the company had a new life and for the end of service benefits for the workers to be paid,” he explained.

He indicated that before the sale of the GCDL, he was able to lobby for the end of service benefits for all the workers to be paid.

Mr Jamal noted that he secured a whopping GH¢300,000 from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in 2012 for the affected workers of the company.

According to him, he went on to pay for the passport pictures of about 800 workers to facilitate the payments of their end of service benefits.

He mentioned that apart from promoting the company for divestiture, he was not involved in the negotiations on the GCDL for sale, adding that pricing, payments and take over were done solely done by the members of Divestiture Implementation Committee (DIC).

“Also after the take over l was never part of the management of the new company, Great Consolidated Diamond Limited, to know what they were doing neither did l ever request any favour from the company,” he stressed.

 

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