Energy Minister Runs From US$63,000 Monthly NPA Office Rent

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The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, has agreed with the public concerns on the high cost of the premises, being occupied by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) as offices.

According to the Minister, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, “if the NPA’s office was rented at $63,000 per month as has been reported, then that hardly represents prudent use of state resources, no matter how conducive or appropriate the facility is for their operations.”

This was contained in a statement sent to The Herald on Saturday and signed by Ras Liberty Amewode, Deputy Head of Communications at the Ministry of Energy.

“The Minister would be demanding from the Board and management of the NPA an explanation for such a decision, “especially the consideration that went into a decision that runs at variance with the philosophy and preferences of His Excellency the President as far as the use of public funds are concerned.” Mr. Buah Stated.

The public is assured that the Ministry would do everything possible to get to the bottom of this matter.

Meanwhile, the NPA, will next week provide justification for the payment of 63,000 dollars a month as rent for its office at East Legon in Accra.

The Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, has summoned the Authority following accusation by the Minority in Parliament that the state is not getting value for money in the transaction.

Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Kwabena Donkor tells Joy News’ parliamentary correspondent, Elton Brobbey that critics should also be curious about “the floor space, [as well as] price per square meter”.

He, however, said the Authority should be made accountable if the rent does not give value for money.

Dr. Kwabena Donkor, believes after 10 years of existence, the NPA should be in position to have its own office building.

“I am all for accountability, I am all for value for money. That is what we should be asking for; that we don’t think there is value for money to continue renting”.

In a related development, he said, there was nothing wrong with decision by the Bui Power Authority to construct a golf course and recreational center for its staff at Bui.

He explained that it was a norm for a company of such nature to put up such facilities for their staff. He wondered how many Ghanaian engineers would “ideally leave the comfort of Accra to live in Bui without these recreational facilities, appropriate schools for their wards and hospital”.

“I think we should be more critical than that, we should be more intellectual and do away with political opportunism,” he advised.
Nonetheless, he advocated for a scrutiny if the quoted figure is overblown.

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