Opinion

Kennedy Agyapong needs to rein in his greed

He has consistently and persistently complained bitterly of having been denied some fetchingly lucrative contracts that he deeply felt and believed he deserved more than anybody else by some powerful figures inside the Akufo-Addo Jubilee House. And so when Mr. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong comes swinging belligerently and virulently against the alleged $ 1.2 Billion-valued National Identification Project (NIP), the vociferous Assin-Central, Central Region, New Patriotic Party’s Member of Parliament ought to be given a second critical look (See “$ 1.2 B for Ghana Card Is ‘Fraud,’ Give Me Only $ 50 M and I’ll Deliver – Ken Agyapong” MyNewsGh.com / Ghanaweb.com 5/29/18).

Indeed, not very long ago, for example, Mr. Agyapong, who clearly thinks and believes that he has both financially and materially and morally supported the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in particular the Akufo-Addo Presidential-Election Campaign, more than nearly every party heavyweight, publicly threatened to torpedo the presidential ambitions of Vice-President MahamuduBawumia because the latter was allegedly standing in his way and preventing him from securing several lucrative contracts from the government, some of which he also lividly accused some Jubilee House operatives of gratuitously and unwisely ceding to supporters and sympathizers of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

If, indeed, the projected value of the National Identification Project of an admittedly humongous $ 1.2 Billion was fraudulent, then as a long-serving and an experienced legislator, the wisest thing that he ought to have done, and still can do, by the way, ought to have been for Mr. Agyapong to have called for the Chairman or Director of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Kenneth Attafuah, to appear before the august House to present the representatives of our taxpayers with the full details of the projected 15-year program. The Assin-Central MP also says that he had introduced a company to the movers-and-shakers at the Presidency whose operatives were willing and ready to do precisely the same work over the same 15-year projected period but was roundly rejected. This clearly appears to be the crux of his grievance against Prof. Attafuah and the National Identification Authority.

Mr. Agyapong also claims that India, with a population upwards of 1.2 billion, was able to undertake a national identification exercise with the monetary value of $ 50 million. But significantly, the renowned media operative, among other business ventures, does not tell us whether the national identification exercise undertaken by the Indian government was projected to cover a 15-year period. What seems to be uncomfortably and embarrassingly clear here is his apparent greed and avid desire to monopolize government-awarded contracts, especially how such preoccupation seems to have clouded his ability to fully appreciate the scandalous superficiality of his claim.

About the only genuine concern here is the massive failure of the NIA operatives to successfully launch the national identification exercise just this past weekend. But here again, such administrative ineptitude is more of the official norm or standard practice in Ghana than the anomaly. It is this kind of bizarre and capricious behavior that rocks me with uncontrollable laughter, when Mr. Agyapong accuses veteran investigative journalist Mr. Anas Aremeyaw Anas of unconscionably ruining the hard-earned image and reputation of distinguished and prominent Ghanaian citizens.

Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

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