Allege Anti- Ghana agenda by CSOs – Kwesi Pratt puts his life on the line for Yao Graham
Ace Journalist and Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr has vouch for the integrity of the Coordinator of the Third World Network-Africa, Dr Yao Graham following report of his alleged involvement in an anti-Ghana agenda against the proposed oil agreement between the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and Aker Energy.
According to him, he had known Dr Graham for years and could put his life on the line and insist that he was not the kind that could be influence to act against the interest of the country.
Although, he admitted human beings do change, he insisted Dr Graham has the interest of the country at heart and nothing he had ever done had suggested he would do such.
“Yao Graham, Jesus Christ, I have known Yao Graham all my adult life, I have known him since he was in the university and nothing he has done in his life suggest that he would ever be a paid agent in the hands of foreign interest against the interest of the Ghanaian people. Of cause human beings do change, you understand, human beings are guided by all kinds of principles and so on but Yao Graham is one person I can actually put my life on the line and insist that he has the national interest at heart”, he said.
“He is interested in the advancement of equity and so on and I am really surprised at this attempt to smear Dr Yao Graham and other civil society leaders,” he mentioned.
He described the publications as cheap and a dirty smear campaign which should not encourage by the Ghanaian society.
Leaked audios expose Anti-Ghana agenda by CSOs
Ghanaian media on Thursday, August 2, report an alleged attempt by some Civil Society Organization(CSOs) to foil a proposed oil agreement between the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and Aker Energy had been exposed after a video of the meeting got into the hands of the media.
The zoom meeting was said to have been chaired by the Coordinator of the Third World Network-Africa, Dr Yao Graham and was participated by the Vice-President, In Charge of Research at IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Bright Simons, an Energy Analyst, Mr Samuel Bekoe,the West Africa Regional Manager (Anglophone) of Natural Resource Governance Institute, Nafi Chinery and another only introduced as Beauty.
The meeting was said to have discussed “deliberate strategies to create a sense of fear and panic within the population over “climate change concerns”, as they spearhead an agenda to prevent Ghana from achieving its long-standing ambition of putting Ghanaians in charge of oil and gas resources”
“For the CSOs who are determined to promote the interest of their foreign pay masters, instead of the national interest, Ghana should leave her oil resources on the sea bed and rather borrow to promote the climate change agenda of their pay masters,” a by the Daily Statesman reads.
The report added that “The transaction will ensure that GNPC Explorco receives US$5 billion dollars in cash flow, with Ghana being the recipient of some US$18 billion in revenue, thereby having control over its oil resources and destiny. It has therefore become mind-boggling to many Ghanaians as to why some CSOs will scheme to have this all-important transaction scuttled”.
According to the report some of the strategies discussed by the CSO’s included hijacking both social and traditional media, investing resources, silencing dissenting CSOs, among others.