No one paid $100,000 to sit close to president

  Amb-Ashim-MortonThe president of Millennium Excellence Foundation, Ashim Morton has debunked allegations circulating in the media that expatriates paid $100,000 or more to sit close to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at an award event organised by the foundation.

 

“I want to officially inform the general public and our well wishers that no one seated on the Presidents Gold table that evening paid any amount, not even a penny before or during the event to sit by the President,” he said. According to him, “Nowhere in our literature did we say specifically or categorically say that the Presidents Gold table was designated for the President of the Republic of Ghana, I am the president of the Foundation and that centre seat was designated for me. When confirmation was giving that the President Nana Akufo-Addo, was attending, I relinquished my seat,”

The event was dubbed, Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).The GEBA was the brainchild of the Millennium Excellence Foundation.

Mr Morton said there were categories of seats ranging from Platinum, Silver, Bronze and we also had a Presidents Gold table. “In the design for the GEBA, we labelled our seating categories Red Circle, Yellow Circle, Green Circle, Black Circle and Presidential Circle based on level of partnership,” he said.   Indeed, sometimes we label our seating categories such as Governors Circle, Ministerial section and Presidential CircleMr Morton said the Presidents Gold Table for the GEBA was reserved seating for persons carefully selected by the Foundation and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI).  He said such persons could be Expatriates who have contributed enormously to the development of the nation and not necessarily whether they sponsored or would win a prize, “On that table we also invited distinguished Ghanaians to sit there,”

Mr James Victor Gbeho, Chairman of the Millennium Excellence Foundation, said GEBA was an idea of the Millennium Excellence Foundation noted for its competence and credibility in the organisation of world class events such as the Millennium Excellence Awards and other events.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong      

 

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