The Minority in Parliament has asked that the controversial Agyapa Royalties Agreement be withdrawn.
This according to Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, is because it is very unlikely that the Minority will change its stance on the deal even if presented to Parliament a second time.
His comment comes on the back of the President’s directive to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, to resubmit the contract to Parliament for review after a Corruption Risk Assessment report by Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu was presented to the Presidency on Monday.
In the report, Mr. Amidu raised red flags about the deal and insisted that a number of processes were deliberately sidestepped.
But Mr. Iddrisu, in an interview with Joy News, maintained that Parliament cannot remedy the defects of the transaction, as identified by the Special Prosecutor.
“How is Parliament going to cure nepotism and cronyism? How is Parliament going to cure that you appointed a Chief Executive without due process and that you passed a resolution on a non-existing law? You don’t build a house on nothing, and the deal was built on nothing.
“How is Parliament going to cure that a motion is moved and the motion is amended at the very time it was to be adopted to make room for a president to assent to a bill passed by parliament?” he queried.
Touching on the development, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, said it will be premature for the Minority to conclude that the agreement cannot be reviewed.
According to him, should the House be presented with the details of the referral, it will be in a better position to know the way forward.
“If it comes back to us and we have a second look and believe that given the additional information, some amendment may have to be proffered, we will do that,” he noted.
He added that the referral may be rejected if Parliament does not acknowledge the defects identified by the Special Prosecutor.
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