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Opinions of Sunday, 29 January 2017

Columnist: Adofo Rockson

How could this happen at the Tema Development Corporation?

By Hon. Kennedy Agyepong, the resourceful, fearless and truthful, and an outstanding patriotic Member of Parliament who is devoutly at the service of his people and nation, something which is mind-boggling has taken place at the Tema Development Corporation (TDC). Hon. Kennedy Agyepong, born at Assin Dompre is the MP for Assin Central in the Central region.

According to him, and as contained in a video clip posted on YouTube, recorded while granting an interview to Adom TV as a guest to their studio, a 30-acre land in Tema belonging to the TDC was sold to the brother of former President John Dramani Mahama, Mr Ibrahim Mahama to be precise, at GHC10, 000 per acre by the Tema Development Corporation. The sale of the land was made to him at that price probably in the belief that the place was a gravel pit, and had nearly become no good for purpose.

The land is said to be behind the Free Zone. Barely had Ibrahim acquired the land for a total of GHC300, 000 when representatives from an electric-power generating company popped around at the office of TDC requesting to purchase some land for their power plant company.

From the video, Kennedy has asserted that Ibrahim Mahama obliged the representatives of the power plant company to contact him for the purchase of the land but not the TDC since the land they wanted was the one that had not long ago been sold to him and one Sly, a TDC Board member.

It is alleged that Ibrahim and Sly have re-sold the land to the company for US$300 million, being their profit and the cost of refilling the land.

As Kennedy has succinctly explained everything, I shall reserve my personal commentsfor now. However, I shall ask the NPP government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the sale of the land to Ibrahim and its re-sale to the alleged Electricity Company. This smacks of corruption, conflict of interest and mismanagement of State property.

If it does turn out to be true, then I shall advise that the Managing Director of the TDC, under whose watch the alleged transaction took place, must be compelled to step aside for a full scale appropriate criminal or whatever, investigations, to be conducted. His position will have become untenable if the allegation by Hon. Kennedy Agyepong is proven..

The video clip is of 1 hour 2 minutes and 20 seconds duration but the part concerning the TDC starts from 08:50 minutes into the viewing of the video clip till the end of its 12:12 minutes into it.

The web link below takes you to the video clip as found on YouTube.

Stay tuned for my promised subsequent publications on the probable bullying,
harassments and victimisations that went on at the TDC as were orchestrated and
perpetuated by the Managing Director of the TDC, against some staff members he
perceived to be NPP sympathisers, during the President Mahama's NDC-led

There are striking similarities between Hon. Kennedy Agyepong, Hon. Martin Amidu, Rockson Adofo and Kwame A-Plus, the musician. They are fearless, selfless, anti-institutional corruption, speak their minds, and are dedicated to the service of their people and nation even at the expense of their lives. They pursue their course of action with resolute determination and persistence.

They believe absolutely in what Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia once said, thus, Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

They want to stop evil from triumphing hence the actions they are constantly seen to be taking. They mean no malice towards anyone, but seek justice for all, please note that!

Rockson Adofo