The Ministry of Trade and Industry has officially realeased  names of the persons who are alleged to have paid to secure a seat on the President Akufo-Addo’s table at during the Ghana Expatriates Business Awards

The Minister Mr Alan Kyeremateng  revealed the names on Friday when he appeared before the five-member Parliamentary committee investigating the matter of corruption as raised by the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak.

Mr. Mubarak, backed by Sam Okudjeto Ablakwa siad  the fees charged at the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA) were not approved by Parliament, adding that the monies were also not accounted for in the Internally Generated Funds [IGF] of the Ministry’s accounts.

The claims and red flag raised by the minority led to public uproar which led to the setting up of the parliamentary committee to investigate the matter.

The committee began its work on Thursday, with the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak and Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa appearing before it on day one.

Mr. Kyeremateng, who took his turn on Friday said those who sat by the President were 17 in number, ranging from top business executives to key political figures.

Below is the full list of persons on the President’s table at the awards night:

1. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

2. Trade Minister, Alan Kyeremateng

3. Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Trade Minister

4. Mr Ashim Morton, President of Millennium Excellence Foundation

5. Mr. Amarh Hari, Chief Executive of IPMC

6. Mr. Ashok Mohinani, Chairman of Mohinani Group

7. Mr Salem Kalmoni, Chief Executive of Japan Motors

8. Jerry John Rawlings and his wife

9. Mr. Saied Fakhry, Executive Chairman of Interplast Ghana Limited

10. Ms. Roshi Motman, Chief Executive of AirtelTigo Ghana

11. Mr. Jim Ovia, Founder and Executive Chairman of Zenith Bank Group

12. Mr Bhagwan Khubchandani, Chief Executive of Melcom Ghana.

13. Mr. David Haper, Chief Executive of Geodrill Ghana

14. Mr. Mike Tacwani, Chief Executive of B Pipe Plus Ghana

15. Yofi Grant, CEO of GIPC

16. Yeo Ziobeieton, Chief Executive of Unilever Ghana

17. Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Minister