The raging saga surrounding the controversial $100,000 fee charged expatriates who attended the first ever Ghana Expatriates Awards seems to be getting murkier and darker by the days as more details emerge concerning the embarrassing saga of extortion by the Akufo-Addo-led government.
Earlier on Monday the Ministry of Trade and Industry issued a statement distancing itself from the claims made by Minority Chief Whip Hon. Muntaka Mubarak accusing the government of charging expatriates who wish to sit close to the President sums of money ranging from $25,000 to as high as $100,000.
However, painstaking investigations by this website has uncovered what seems to be a Presidentially-sanctioned scheme of extorting monies from businesses desperate to meet the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.
A source close to the event organizers has revealed to this site how the Flag Staff House with express knowledge of the President instructed Millennium Excellence Awards, organizers of the Ghana Expatriates Awards to peg the charges at those rates.
Confidential correspondence between the Flag Staff house and the organizers of the awards ceremony instructed them to liaise with the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the fees to be paid to the ministry upon which 20% commission was to be paid to the organizers.
Follow-ups at the Ministry of Trade and Industry corroborated what our source told us from the offices of the Millennium Excellence Awards. When we enquired from the ministry the status of the issues, we were told that the monies have since been transferred into a Flag Staff House account under the office of the Chief of Staff.
The controversy seems to be embarrassing some leading members of the NPP government to the point where Member of Parliament for Assin South, Kennedy Agyepong openly asked the Trade Ministry to stop disgracing the government and return the monies to the Expatriates