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Former Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Dr. Tony Aubynn has advised government to halt the Agyapa royalties deal and listen the Civil Society Organizations that has raised issues concerning the deal.
Civil Society Organization made a demand that government should not go on with the deal during a press conference on Tuesday until all parties involved in the deal are made public.
Dr. Aubynn speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Show on Starr Fm, he said “I know in a deal like this not everything must be in public but a large section of it must be brought to people who know. I think in a very significant deal like this, I will not rush it. Because it involves our gold and 76% of ourmineral revenue. I have tweeted that government should listen to what has been said because they [gov’t] were doing it in the interest of Ghanaians. So I think they should pull the brakes and explain issues raised by the Ghanaian public,”
He added that “I don’t think the intent is that worrying but the way it has been approached and the political approach is worrying. I think that 76% of the resources will be mortgaged for perpetuity is another worrying sign and government has to explain. Again, the 49%, 51% has to be properly explained by government.
Several Civil Society has kicked against the deal urging government to call it off.
The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Madam Gloria Akuffo has been reported to have said the deal is “unconscionable”.
The Agyapa Royalties Deal has been a topic of discussion in the past weeks with the Minority in Parliament questioning its credibility and asking government to withdraw it.
Source: Ghana Waves