Okudzeto leads protest against sale of SSNIT hotels today

Story: News Desk 

North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, is leading a protest today, Tuesday, June 18, against the sale of four Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) hotels to Rock City Hotel Limited, which is owned by Ghana’s Minister of Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong.

The NDC MP stated that the protest aims to compel the president to prevent the sale of these hotels. During a news conference at the Press Centre on Monday, June 17,  2024, he confirmed that all arrangements for the demonstration were  complete.

He emphasised his expectation for a peaceful protest and assured that any individuals attempting to incite chaos would be dealt with by the Ghana Police Service. 

Mr Ablakwa also mentioned that he anticipates officials from the presidency  would  meet the demonstrators and receive their petition for submission to the president.

The former Deputy Education Minister, reiterated the importance of the demonstration in ensuring that the sale does not proceed, highlighting the urgency and significance of their cause.

“We have agreed with the police on the condition that the representatives of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will walk from the Jubilee House and meet us at the Christ the King Catholic Church to receive our petition.”

“We are very peaceful protestors and law-abiding as well. So we can give the Ghanaian people the full assurances that this agreement with the Ghana Police Service will be adhered to,” he said.

Mr Ablakwa had already petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the transaction.

However, he stated that he felt  compelled to take this additional step because, despite widespread opposition, information he had obtained indicates that the process to finalize the deal is still ongoing.

Citing CHRAJ’s history of conducting thorough investigations, Mr Ablakwa expressed concern that the deal could be completed before the Commission concludes its inquiry. 

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