President Akufo-Addo’s announcement to the world at the 72nd meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York that Ghana has flown its last stock of highly enriched uranium to China was a bolt from blue.
The Legislature was not aware of the decision, which should be based on an international agreement between Ghana and China, to fly out the uranium until the President announced it in far away USA, the Minority in Parliament has revealed.
“Considering the recent Supreme Court decision in the GITMO 2 case when interpreting Article 75 of the Constitution of Ghana, it is clear that this arrangement which has been shrouded in utmost secrecy ought to have received Parliamentary ratification at the very least before handing over our highly-enriched uranium to the Chinese if that is the path we consider to be in our strategic national interest,” a statement signed by the Minority’s Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said.
As the secretive movement was illegal, the Minority has demanded documents on the full details of the agreement that led to Ghana giving China her uranium.
“The Minority in Parliament is therefore requesting that the Government of Ghana submits to Parliament the full details and true nature of the agreement with the Chinese and the Americans who appear to have funded the operation.”
On the 21st of September, President Akufo-Addo had told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly that Ghana had flown the remainder of its enriched uranium to China as part of its commitment to being nuclear weapons free.
“Three weeks ago, highly-enriched uranium was flown out of Ghana back to China, signalling the end of the removal of all such material from the country. Our nuclear reactor has, subsequently, been converted to use low-enriched fuel for power generation. A world, free of nuclear weapons, must be in all our collective interest” the President had said.
The Minority has pointed out that even though Ghana is one of the countries of the world which has long ratified the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT, the laws of the country demand that a decision to ship off enriched uranium to another country ought to have received Parliamentary approval.
This is because dealings between Ghana and any other country are regarded as international exchange that Parliament must sanction.
The Minority therefore demanded documents covering the agreement with China over the enriched uranium, saying it will pursue the matter to its logical conclusion.
“While reminding Government of its obligations to several other agreements yet to be ratified by Parliament, the Minority shall be pursuing this very important development in the spirit of transparency and good governance consistent with the view taken by the apex court of the land,” the Minority said in a statement.
President Akufo-Addo’s snob of Parliament over the enriched uranium falls in step with a trend of lawlessness that his regime has ushered into statecraft, which entails among others, the Finance Minister, appointing family and friends into juicy government positions.
The same Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has also used his position to collect loans for government projects and government cronies without recourse to Boards of the banks, including ADB.