Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has said the allegation that the Attorney General was not engaged in the processes in the Agyapa Royalties transaction is wrong.
His statement follows concerns raised by the public over a letter from Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta dated July 22.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, had reportedly described the inability of the state to review or evaluate the effectiveness of the Agyapa Royalties deal in future as “unconscionable”.
The Office also noted that the payments in respect of the agreement will be made in US Dollars which violates the Bank of Ghana Act, 2016 (Act 918) which mandates that transactions be made in the currency unit of Ghana which is the cedi or its equivalent.
Although, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko of Africa Legal Associates, which is one of the legal firms advising on the deal has alleged that Madam Gloria Akuffo has made a u-turn after several engagements with the lawyers; her earlier assertion continues to be debated.
Many, including the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), had argued that the development was a clear indication that the Attorney General was not involved in the process which has already been alleged to be shrouded in secrecy.
But commenting on the issue on NewsFile, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta was of the view that the Attorney General in her line of work is privy to documents from Parliament, hence has come across the Agyapa Royalties Agreement.
“With Bills and Acts, we go to Parliament, to retreats; we go through things, they say no, we change.
“So, that dialogue interpreted that the Attorney General is not part is probably wrong,” he said September 5.