The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has urged President Akufo-Addo to order that classroom blocks be built in the hometown of former President John Mahama with monies that would be taken from the younger brother of the former President, Ibrahim Mahama by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
According to him, since the 2017 budget did not capture the said amount, it will be appropriate for the money to be used to develop Bole, the hometown of the businessman.
Speaking on Adom TV’s Badwam on Tuesday, Ken Agyapong claimed that residents of Bole are disappointed in the former President for not fulfilling his promises of building school blocks in the town which happens to be the hometown of the Mahama brothers.
“I have decided not to comment again on Ibrahim Mahama’s debt issue. If Ibrahim pays the money, I am pleading with Akufo-Addo and the finance minister and Dr Bawumia that when the budget was prepared, this money was not stated and so they should transport that 12 million cedis to Bole and build more classroom blocks for them because Bole residents are cursing Mahama for abandoning his hometown,” he said.
The GRA has asked two companies owned by Ibrahim Mahama to clear their indebtedness to the Authority earlier than originally planned.
Assistant Commissioner for Communication at the GRA, Robert Mensah, said the decision was reached after the two companies consistently defaulted.
The GRA has therefore handed down a new ultimatum for Ibrahim Mahama to settle the debts in two weeks.
Mr Kennedy Agyapong, had, for several weeks, alleged that Mr Mahama issued dud cheques to the Customs Division of the GRA. He had subsequently been on a media crusade, agitating that EOCO should investigate the younger brother of the former President.
It is an offence, under the laws of Ghana, to issue a cheque, knowing very well that you do not have sufficient funds in your account to meet the face value of the cheque.
According to media reports, Mr Mahama issued 44 different dud cheques linked to three bank accounts valued at over GH¢10 million to the GRA.
The cheques were meant to pay for import duties on heavy-duty vehicles that he had imported into the country on a number of occasions.
Reports also say, although the cheques were not honoured, the GRA kept accepting them, apparently because of Mr Mahama’s status in society. But the issue was taken up when the new government took office, especially with threats from Mr Agyapong that he would not rest until Mr Mahama was arrested and prosecuted.
The firebrand MP said most pupils in all public schools in the former President’s hometown, are lying on the floor to study.
This, he noted has forced him to make such passionate appeal to ensure that pupils in Bole get the needed resources to learn.
He maintained that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is committed to transforming lives including improved education especially in deprived towns.