President Akufo Addo has poked fun at the upcoming parliamentary enquiry into allegations that the Ministry of Trade and Industry charged between $25,000 and $100,000 to enable expatriates sit close to the President at the first ever Ghana Expatriate Business Awards ceremony which took place last month.
Speaking to attendees of the 2017 MUSIGA Grand Ball held at the Banquet Hall of the State House, President Akufo Addo said he hopes the MUSIGA Presidential Grand Ball, of which participants paid 1,500.00 Ghana cedis as participation fee would not become a subject of parliamentary enquiry just as has become of the Trade Ministry organized expatriate business awards event.
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye yesterday summoned Parliament for an emergency sitting on Friday, January 5, 2018. The Speaker’s objective in reconvening Parliament is as a result of an earlier written request to him by the the Minority Caucus urging him to call for an emergency sitting over claims that levies were collected by the Ministry of Trade and Industry from expatriates in order for them to be allocated certain seats at the recent Ghana Expatriates Business Awards in Accra.
*Support for MUSIGA*
The President in his speech eulogised past and present Ghanaian musicians for their contribution towards national development. President Akufo Addo also pledged government’s continued support for the music industry in Ghana.
*Awards at the Grand Ball*
The event was also used to celebrate and honour five outstanding Highlife musicians with MUSIGA Lifetime Achievement Awards. They are CK Man, Obuoba JA Adofo, Nana Ampadu, AB Crentsil,and Jewel Ackah. Each of them received ten thousand Ghana cedis (10,000.00) and a plaque. Former Chairman of NCCE, Ebo Hakson, Charter House and MTN each received Music Pillar awards and Samuel Afari Dartey received the Grand Ball Distinguished Honour.
*The MUSIGA Grand Ball*
The MUSIGA Grand Ball is an annual event hosted by MUSIGA. The event is to raise funds for the ageing musicians’ welfare fund which supports musicians who are 60 years and above and also assist musicians who are bereaved and incapacitated.
The event also honours personalities and companies due to their unflinching support for the development of the creative arts in Ghana and the music industry in particular.
The Grand Ball brings together captains of industry, state officials and other leaders of society on a night of wining and dining with some of the finest musicians in the land. The event also offers huge networking opportunities to participants.