On December 15 2017, Citifmonline.com reported Hon. Mubarak Muntaka alleging that the Ministry of Trade and Industry charged expatriate businesspersons “between US$25,000 and US$100,000 to offer them seats close to the President” at the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards; a claim subsequently supported by his colleague Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa. According to Hon. Muntaka, levies and collections at the awards event were not approved by Parliament and the Trade and Industry Ministry did not account for these monies in their internally generated funds (IGFs). The Ministry denied any direct involvement in the awards event, only to later indicate that it played a facilitation role and that GHS2,667,215 was accrued from the GEBA event. Hon. Muntaka petitioned the Speaker in this regard, and in compliance with Article 112(3) of the national constitution and Order 38(1) of Parliament, the Speaker recalled MPs from recess for emergency sitting on Friday 5 January, 2018. Following proceedings, the Speaker established an ad-hoc or a special committee in accordance with Order 191, to investigate claims of extortion at the GEBA event, inquire into other related allegations and report findings before official reconvening of MPs on January 22, 2018.