The management of the Africa Middle East Resources Investment Limited, popularly called, AMERI Group, has hinted to The Herald, it would soon respond to the claims of the Norwegian newspaper; VG Nyheter on the US$510 million power turbines deal procured by the Mahama government, towards ending the debilitating energy crisis.
Ziad Barakat, the current Chief Executive of AMERI Group, yesterday told The Herald via email that, “Dear Sir, We will be issuing a formal press release soon against these allegations,” in response to their position on the allegations made by the Norwegian newspaper; VG Nyheter. He hesitated to give details of when the press statement would be issued.
But suspicions are rife that, some Americans, sponsored the Norwegian newspaper; VG Nyheter publication, including having to purchase plane tickets for its journalists to travel to Ghana, and walked in the slums of Nima for interviews with a yet to be identified “head of the neighbourhood council”, Aziz Haruna, Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, and Executive Director at Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) Mohammed Amin Adam, onetime Municipal Chief Executive of Tamale, under the John Kufuor administration.
It is not clear, whether the Norwegian newspaper; VG Nyheter, did a diligent job by visiting the project site of AMERI Group in the Western Region
during their visit to Ghana, apart from casting doubts on the project sum, especially the cost of the turbines.
The Herald, had reached the AMERI Group, whose core businesses include; development, investment and co-ownership “power plants, energy and infrastructure projects in different parts of the world” through its contact address in Dubai;
Sheikh Zayed road
P.O. Box 486202
The Herald, cannot say what the content of the Press Statement will be. But when it does, it will be the third reaction to the story done by the Norwegian newspaper; VG Nyheter.
The first was from the Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor, then came another one from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), accusing the government of corruption and mentioned Engineers & Planners (E&P), as well as Amandi Construction, a sister company of the STL.
Both government and E&P, have denied any wrongdoing with the latter, saying it got involved in the AMERI Group job only on the orders of the Volta River Authority (VRA).
Meanwhile, The Herald, is informed that Amandi Construction is on the directive of the Greek company METKA, as subcontractors, government has not given the Amandi Construction any job as far as the AMERI Group project is concerned.
The NPP on Monday, had accused President John Mahama, and his younger brother, Ibrahim Mahama, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, of masterminding the inflation of the US$510 million deal.
The management of E&P, rejected accusations by the NPP that it was indirectly involved in the controversial AMERI power deal.
In a statement, the company clarified that, “Engineers and Planners is in no way involved and has no role in AMERI’s contract with the Government of Ghana and the purchase or sourcing of power turbines by AMERI for the generation of power.”
The company further clarified that it was only “contracted by the Volta River Authority (VRA) to undertake some civil works at Aboadze to prepare a platform to receive the power generating units and other ancillary equipment for the AMERI 250MW Power Project” adding that “Planners finished its work as specified and has handed over the completed platform to the VRA.”
It threatened to institute legal action against the NPP, if these allegations continue.
“Engineers and Planners wishes to caution that it has legal rights and shall not hesitate to exercise these to clear its name if this situation persists.”
The statement from Engineers and Planners states as follows:
1. President John Dramani Mahama has never been a director or involved in any way with the Board or Management of E&P Company Limited.
2. Engineers & Planners Company Limited is an international Civil Engineering and Mining Contracting Firm with considerable international repute and has been executing contracts for several global blue chip companies in these fields.
3. Engineers and Planners was contracted by the Volta River Authority (VRA) to undertake some civil works at Aboadze to prepare a platform to receive the power generating units and other ancillary equipment for the AMERI 250MW Power Project.
4. Engineers and Planners finished its work as specified and has handed over the completed platform to the VRA.
5. Engineers and Planners is in no way involved and has no role in AMERI’s contract with the Government of Ghana and the purchase or sourcing of power turbines by AMERI for the generation of power.
6. This is not and will not be the last international standard civil and mechanical engineering work E&P will be executing in Ghana or elsewhere, and we want to assure our clients and all Ghanaians that E&P is a diligent company working transparently in Ghana and elsewhere and fulfilling its obligations as a good corporate citizen.
7. Engineers & Planners has noted with concern a penchant by some political parties including the New Patriotic Party and its officials to draw it into their political jousts with opponents.
8. Engineers and Planners wishes to caution that it has legal rights and shall not hesitate to exercise these to clear its name if this situation persists.
More to come!