Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, MP, Ajumako/Enyan/Essiamhas revealed that the much ‘dreaded’ Agyapa Royalties Deal has not been taken out of Parliament since its approval by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) majority in Parliament last year.
According to him the NPP in the 7th Parliament passed the deal without the Minority side and are only having issues implementing it because of the wild public outcry and scrutiny by various CSOs.
“The NPP Majority in the 7th Parliament approved it, they have not come back to rescind the decision. So, as it is, the government if they want, can go ahead with it. They are actually failing to go out to implement the Agyapa deal because of the public outcry; because of the various petitions that we have written against the Agyapa deal. So, the deal as it stands has been approved by parliament by the NPP Majority alone because the NDC Minority boycotted and walked out of parliament. The NPP Majority approved that Agyapa deal and have not rescinded the decision as we speak now,” Dr Ato Forson said.
Meanwhile President Akufo-Addo in his State of Address to the Nation yesterday indicated that the deal will be brought back to Parliament.