Next NDC govt will not recognize GRA-SML agreement – Mahama

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The Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has stated that the next NDC government will not recognize any agreement with Strategic Mobilisation Limited (SML) due to corruption in the deal.

This strong position comes in the wake of allegations of corruption related to the SML deal, where the company receives up to GH₵24 million monthly payments from the government of Ghana.

The contract, which involved monitoring Upstream Petroleum Production and auditing the value chain of Minerals and Metals Resources, came under scrutiny following an investigation by “The Fourth Estate” media establishment.

President Nana Akufo-Addo took swift action on January 2, 2024, instructing the finance ministry and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to suspend the controversial revenue assurances contract with SML, and tasked KPMG to conduct an audit to assess the appropriateness of the deal.

Meanwhile, Parliament has also initiated an investigation into the alleged Shaddy contract.

Addressing Professional bodies in Koforidua as part of his two-day tour of the Eastern Region, President Mahama specifically called out the handling of the SML agreement, declaring that, if elected, his government would neither accept nor recognize it.

President John Dramani Mahama has meanwhile questioned the commitment of the Akufo Addo-led government in the fight against corruption.

Transparency International’s latest report released January 30, 2024 revealed that Ghana has maintained a score of 43 for the fourth consecutive year, ranking 70th out of 180 countries and territories assessed.

President Mahama did not mince words in criticizing the current administration, led by President Akufo Addo, alleging a lack of genuine commitment to eradicating corruption.

He specifically questioned the effectiveness of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, expressing disappointment in its handling of cases involving individuals closely connected to the government.

Source: Ansah

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