SSNIT Pushes Hotel Stake Sale to Minister Despite CHRAJ Petition and Protests

by Louisa Afful
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The Ghana Federation of Labour has disclosed that SSNIT persists in discussions to sell its share in four hotels to Rock City Hotel, owned by Agriculture Minister Bryan Acheampong, despite an ongoing petition lodged with CHRAJ.

This revelation follows a protest led by North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and organized labour representatives, urging the government to halt the transaction. Abraham Koomson, Secretary General of the Ghana Federation of Labour, expressed disappointment with SSNIT’s stance, stating that CHRAJ lacks the authority to stop the sale and that SSNIT will likely proceed.

In protest, the Federation plans to boycott a scheduled meeting with the President next week. Koomson emphasized their demand for the process to be stopped entirely.

In May, MP Ablakwa raised concerns about SSNIT’s decision to sell 60% of its hotel stake to a minister of state. Supporters argue that Mr. Acheampong could improve the hotels’ financial performance. However, Ablakwa questioned the sale’s rationale, noting the lack of evidence that Acheampong could enhance already profitable state-owned hotels. He also criticized Acheampong for not using his expertise for public benefit while serving as a cabinet minister, calling it unpatriotic and self-serving.

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