Ablakwa announces protest against sale of SSNIT hotels to Bryan Acheampong


Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, has officially informed the Ghana Police Service about a planned demonstration against the sale of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust’s (SSNIT) 60% stake in four hotels to Rock City Hotel.

The hotel is owned by Bryan Acheampong, MP for Abetifi and Minister for Agriculture.

Ablakwa, a vocal critic of the sale, claims it lacked due process and violated procurement procedures. He has also petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the transaction.

In response, Acheampong accused Ablakwa of tarnishing his image.

The demonstration is set for Tuesday, June 18, and will start at the Labadi Beach Hotel, proceed through La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, and conclude at the Jubilee House, where a petition will be presented to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Ablakwa expressed optimism about receiving maximum cooperation from the police, stating, “Pursuant to the Public Order Act. 1994 (Act 491), this series serves as formal notice to your outfit that a considerable number of Ghanaians from all walks of life intend to demonstrate against the unconscionable sale of SSNIT’s 60% stake in its hotels to Rock City, owned by the current Minister for Food and Agriculture, Hon Bryan Acheampong.”

He continued, “The date for this consequential demonstration is Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 9 am. This public manifestation is one of numerous patriotic steps we shall be embarking upon to save Ghana’s strategic assets. 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.”

Ablakwa expressed disappointment in the government’s decision to proceed with the sale despite public outcry.

“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.”

He added, “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.”


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