General News of Wednesday, 4 January 2012
A policy think-tank, IMANI-Ghana, has rejected allegations made by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Koku Anyidoho, that it was paid to downplay the US$3 billion China Development Bank loan.
IMANI-Ghana in a statement cautioned government not to rely solely on the loan for the country’s infrastructure development as indicated by President Mills in his New Year message.
The president of IMANI-Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, in an interview with Citi News described Mr. Anyidoho’s comments as unfortunate.
“It is easy to say that someone has been paid and I think that is shifting away from the intellectual discourse that we should all be concerned with,” Cudjoe said.
“If my friend, Koku Anyidoho, has taken time to read the report properly, I’m sure he wouldn’t end his money by going on that show. ”
He added, “I think it is unfortunate, it is not the best for the country to have a whole presidential aide and all he can react to a detailed report is to say that someone has been paid to write this, it’s to say the least, unfortunate. ”
IMANI-Ghana has also been critical about the 10 billion dollar STX housing deal out of which 1. 5 billion was to have been used to build 30,000 housing units for Ghana’s security agencies.
Cudjoe told Citi News the near collapse of the STX deal only reaffirms IMANI’s concerns about the credibility of the deal.
Meanwhile, a Deputy Information Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said IMANI appears to have shot itself in the foot on issues concerning the US$3 billion CDB loan.
According to him, the first half of the loan will be disbursed this year.