Most Ghanaians believe that, Ghana does not need the assistance of China to develop. This notion is built on the failure of Chinese government to make available $3billion loan contracted to undertake infrastructure development in Ghana.

China bad countryGhana was only able to get $1.5 billion. And even this, did not come easy. It was characterized by unreasonable demands from the people of Ghana. Not to talk about the many road contracts and are being undertaken by Chinese firms in Ghana.

This action left many Ghanaians wondering whether China is actually an enemy of Ghana’s progress.

Many of Chinese resident in Ghana do not have work permit. Most of them are also engaged in illegal mining causing havoc to our water bodies and environment. Something they would not even dream to do in their own country. Ghana government to sit up and look beyond China.

In a related development, a Member of Parliament for Okaikoi Central Patrick Boamah is pointing to a serious?diplomatic row between Ghana and the Chinese government over the abrogation of the StarTimes contract.

That row he suspects is the reason for a rejection of a loan application submitted by Ghana for the construction of three major roads.

Joy News has intercepted a letter written to the Finance Minister Seth Terkper in which the Chinese government refused to fund a loan application for three major roads across the country.

The three road projects were the Accra Outer ring road project; the Mankessim-Agona Swedru-Nsawam Road Re-construction project and the Dodowa-Kpong & Somanya Akuse Junction Road Re-Construction project.

But the Chinese concluded that these projects for which the loan was being contracted were not viable enough to repay the loan by themselves.

Granting that loan application will only lead to a deepening debt crisis the letter pointed out.

The Project Manager at the Chinese Bank advised the Ghana government to explore other funding opportunities if it still wants to go ahead with the projects.

Reacting to the content of the letter, The Okaikoi Central MP said the tone of the Chinese suggested there was more to it than just the reasons given in the letter.

According to him, his own investigations suggest the abrogation of StarTime contract for the implementation of the Digital Migration regime is the reason behind the strong loan rejection by the Chinese.

StarTime, a Chinese company had its contract to supply and install the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network platform for Ghana abrogated by the Ghana government. Instead K-net, a wholly owned Ghanaian company was given the contract.

Patrick Boamah smells a possible conflict of interest situation in the contract award to K-net because the Deputy Communications Minister, Ato Sarpong was first an employee of K-net prior to his appointment into government.

He has however tasked the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance to investigate the possible diplomatic row between the Chinese government and the Ghana government.

Source-newsghana.com.gh with additional files from myjoyonline.com

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