The government of Ghana has done a sharp turnaround and rejected a $2bn grant from the Chinese government. This announcement was made by the deputy minister of information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah yesterday at the Flagstaff House earlier today.
Addressing the media, the deputy minister said that the Nana Akufo-Addo led government has listened to the concerns of the Ghanaian populace since the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, made the announcement yesterday.
“We believe that the Chinese government means well with their offer. However, as a government, it is our job to protect the interest of the people of Ghana and what they want. And that’s exactly what we are doing”.
Following allegations that Chinese people are involved in illegal mining in Ghana, many people are not happy with the government and its institutions taking gifts and grants from the Chinese. Not too long ago, a Chinese company donated items to the Ghana Police.
The Attorney General’s office also received a set of computers from a Chinese source. For most people, receiving these gifts undermine the fight against galamsey and/or illegal mining in Ghana.
Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah also added that the decision of the government to reject the offer of the Chinese government does not attenuate the work the Bawumia-led government delegation did in China.
“The government of Ghana will continue to work closely with the Chinese so long as it is in the interest of our people. This decision does not in any way affect the bilateral relationship between both countries”, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah finished.