VIDEO: Ayorkor Botchway descends heavily on Okudzeto Ablakwa

By Mutala Yakubu
VIDEO: Ayorkor Botchway descends heavily on Okudzeto Ablakwa

Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway engaged was engaged in a heated exchange with Okudzeto Ablakwa who claimed the Minister had bought a property in Oslo, Norway, for the Ghana Mission at an inflated price.

Ayorkor Botchway confronted Okudzeto after he alleged that her Ministry is set to spend $12m on the building in Oslo.

Okudzeto during sitting in Parliament said the current owner of the six-bedroom property being converted into a chancery for Ghana's new mission in Norway, bought it at $3.6 million in 2017, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was obtaining the property at $12 million.

"Records show that a previous buyer Lillian Olsson bought the property in 2014 for 25,250,000 Norwegian Kroner (NOK) equivalent to $3,598,108.

According to Norwegian Financial newspaper known as Finansavisen, Lillian Olsson sold the property in August 2017 to an unknown buyer for BOK 31,000,000 equivalent to $3,598,108.

"Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has made a presentation to Parliament's Select Committee on Foreign Affairs that Ghana is purchasing this same building at a staggering NOK 105,180 000 equivalent to $12,218,487.

This did not sit well with the Foreign Minister who confronted Ablakwah in a heated exchange during the break.

Video credit: Joy

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