I was shot in 1983 – Boakye Agyarko narrates PNDC ordeal at vetting

Minister-nominee for Energy and Petroleum, Boakye Agyarko, today [Monday], narrated a rather emotional ordeal of how he nearly lost his life during the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) era; a situation that forced him to move to the United States as a political refugee.

Mr. Boakye Agyarko, who was answering questions before Parliament’s Appointments Committee, explained that he had never at any point held a US citizenship, although he stayed in that country for 25 years. “I went to the US as a political refugee and qualified as such.

In a matter of two years, I was able to upgrade my status from a refugee to that of a resident permit holder.

This is because I had a number of equity situations namely; my sister could apply for me to hold a green card as well as my mother, who had become a naturalized American citizen.

Throughout the period, I stayed in America on a Green card, and at no point in time did I become a citizen of the United States.”

When asked by committee member Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, whether he’s able to the return to the United State, he responded in the affirmative.

Explaining a two-year gap on his CV between 1984 and 1986, Mr. Agyarko said “I was employed by Management and Investment Consultants in 1980 after my national service.

In June 1983, for those who will recall, there was a mutiny led by lance corporal Halidu Giwa. I was picked up by the Military and sent to the Airforce Station and put against the wall and shot.

I almost lost my life, and through the intervention of Monsieur Le Veloire and my two sisters who are seated behind me, I was able to leave Ghana through London to France, and then settled in the United States under very difficult circumstances.

So for that period, I was close to being an invalid; and I didn’t do any work. Even though I left officially in 1983, Management and Investment Consultants wrote to me officially saying that as at the end of 1984 I was no longer employed with them, so my employment with them ended in 1984, and the next two years I was going through a series of surgeries and recuperation.”

The committee member and MP for North Tongu, who solicited the information from the nominee, sympathized with him. “My sympathies for a rather touching story,” Mr. Okudzeto said.






Source: citifmonline

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