Akufo-Addo intervenes in controversial SSNIT Hotel sale to Bryan Acheampong

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana
President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana | Photo: Getty Images

President Nana Akufo-Addo has taken significant steps to address the concerns raised by Organised Labour regarding the controversial sale of four hotels by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to Agric Minister Bryan Acheampong.

In response to a petition from Organised Labour, President Akufo-Addo has directed Employment and Labour Relations Minister Ignatius Baffour Awuah to engage in discussions with labour leaders. The aim is to find a mutually acceptable solution to the dispute, ensuring the interests of all stakeholders are considered.

Dr. Yaw Baah, Secretary-General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), confirmed the president’s directive during a media engagement. “We wrote to the president that we needed to engage him on this [sale of the SSNIT hotels]. He has referred it to the [Employment and Labour Relations] Minister to start the engagement with us. We are hoping that these engagements will help all of us to find a solution to what we think is a problem,” Dr. Baah stated.

He further noted that labour leaders will meet with the SSNIT Board and the Employment and Labour Relations Minister, who is also in charge of pensions, to discuss the issue.

The sale was first brought to public attention by North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who has since issued a petition to the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

He is set to embark on a demonstration over the issue next month.


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