Nana Bediatuo refutes Arts Centre sale allegations

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Nana Bediatuo Asante, Executive Secretary to the President, has rubbished allegations that he has sold the National Arts Centre in Accra. He has described the allegations as “outright and blatant lies.”

In a statement issued yesterday, he said he has no capacity to effect such a sale as claimed by an unnamed woman in a broadcast circulating on WhatsApp.

In a two-minute, five seconds audio, which appears incoherent, the said woman referred to Nana Bediatuo as the President’s spokesman.

According to her, Nana Bediatuo Asante had indicated to her and others that the Art Centre was to be sold for 500 million, but failed to explain whether the said amount was in cedis, dollars or any other currency.

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Response

Providing his side of the story, Nana Bediatuo Asante said such allegations are bogus and should be disregarded by the general public.

“I wish to put on record that I have never met this unnamed, unidentified woman or the elders and the chiefs she claims she brought to meet with me. It is interesting to note that she does not put out any details of the alleged meeting.

“She does not state the date of the meeting, the place where the meeting took place, and the names of the elders and chiefs who accompanied her to the alleged meeting. That is because the so-called meeting never took place, or at least, not with me. As is public knowledge, I am the Secretary to the President and not the President’s spokesperson,” the statement read.

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The President’s Secretary is clear in his mind that the said audio was created to cause disaffection for him as a senior government official.

“Ordinarily, I will not dignify such baseless allegations with a response to give it oxygen in the media space. However, such false allegations in the manner presented can be believed by some people.

“I, therefore, consider it necessary to put out this statement because the allegations made in the audio recording have no iota of truth, are pure fabrications, and are malicious, with the sole aim of courting public disaffection for me as a senior official of this government,” it added.

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