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Ghana: Government has not signed any contract in ‘Oslo gate’ saga

The majority members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament have categorically denied the existence of a contract between Ghana and the owner of the Signysgt property in Oslo.

According to Hon Annor Dompreh, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, what is being purported as a contract is rather an offer letter.

On Monday, the Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa, a Minority MP, had alleged that the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  have purchased a five bedroom house in Oslo Norway for an amount of $12million dollar to be used as a chancery by Ghana’s mission in Norway.

Hon Ablakwa further alleged that the country is paying more than what it should for the said house.

Speaking at a press conference to throw more light on what the majority members of the committee described as “outright untruths”, the Committee Chairman accused Hon Ablakwa for showing bad faith and mischief in leaking official committee documents to the general public and also twisting the facts of the matter to serve his political interest.

Supporting his boss, the Vice Chairman of the Committee, Hon Kwaku Appratwum Sarpong, a Majority MP, indicated that though the Government of Ghana showed interest in the said building, it was yet to undertake the necessary procurement and value for money assessment that needed to be done before such purchase is done.

He pointed out that Hon Ablakwa in his haste to cause mischief, confused a 15 bedroom property in a very high end area in Oslo to another 6 bedroom house that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had expressed interest in.

“The owner of the 15 bedroom apartment was requesting for $12million. The second one, which is a 6 bedroom property is for $3.5 million,” he explained.

He reiterated that the Government of Ghana has not entered into any contract with the owner of the property.

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