The Minister for Information Hon. Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has refuted claims that Kofi Bosompem Osafo-Maafo, son of the senior minister’s role in the Agyapa Royalties deal contistitutes a conflict of interest.
Hon. Oppong- Nkrumah who in an interview with PM Express on Joy News indicated Mr. Kofi Osafo-Mario has the requisite experience in mineral royalties’ transaction and his acquired a track record in some of the countries thus making him very much qualified him to play a role in the deal.
The Information Minister further allayed concerns of nepotism with the deal to and allegations it is to amass wealth for persons close to the President.
““Show me the scheme because Osafo-Maafo’s son who over the years has been very experienced in mineral royalties […] but why must he be barred because he is Osafo-Maafo’s son?”.
“Let’s not do this to ourselves because tomorrow your son when he has an opportunity to do something we will say because his father is a known journalist in this country […] he is disqualified,” the Hon MP for for Ofoase-Ayirebi intimated.
He therefore called on anyone with genuine concerns about the deal to come out and voice them out and not limit the arguments to the role of the Senior Minister’s son, who is also a Deputy Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) .
“Is there something untoward in this transaction, if there is, raise it. If there is nothing untoward, don’t [cling] to this argument because one of the persons involved in it is Osafo-Maafo’s son”.
“That the mere fact that it is Osafo-Maafo’s son regardless of his decades of experience in this industry, he should be barred from it, I think that is ridiculous,” he stated.