Ex-Energy Minister’s Mouth Sealed Over Ameri Deal

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Kid Brother Justifies Akufo-Addo’s Action

The promise to let Ghanaians in on the controversial AMERI deal which led to the dismissal of Boakye Agyarko, as Energy Minister, might not happen; his mouth has been sealed, and his younger brother, has called for an end to the questions, because it is “immaterial” at the moment.

According to the New Patriotic Party [NPP] Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in the Greater Accra, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, President Akufo-Addo, acted in the interest of the country, when he dismissed his brother, as Energy Minister.

The sacked Energy Minister, hours after he was booted out took to social media and promised “When the dust settles my side would be heard. Thank you”, but his younger brother, has given the indication he won’t honour his word; he is rather taking the missing links into his grave, albeit disgracefully.

Many have been asking, how the Executive Order signed by Nana Bediatuo Asante, Executive Secretary to the President to Parliament was secured by the dismissed Energy Minister, since President Akufo-Addo, had in the past signed documents, including appointments letters, his foreign trip notices and list of Presidential staffers sent them to the August House.

Indeed, a stalwart of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) Kwame Jantuah, has joined the many Ghanaians citizens, demanding to know how such Executive Orders are issued, the circumstances under which they are issued and who is empowered to issue them, feeding into the notion that the dismissed Energy Minister, could not have acted alone.

Mr Jantuah, who is also Chief Executive Officer (CEO) African Energy Consortium Ltd, was of the opinion the mere dismissal of Mr Agyarko, simply on the basis that the President, reserves the prerogative to hire and fire is not good enough, and demanded answers to the many lingering questions.  He spoke on Joy FM’s newsfile programme last Saturday.

Others have also repeatedly asked to know who drafted the AMERI agreement, the reasons behind the absence of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice’s legal opinion on the Agreement, the absence of the Finance Minister’s Value for money report and a sole sourcing authorization from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).

Many have also sought answer for the absence of the tariff analysis report from the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), why the Volta River Authority (VRA) senior and management report was ignored, why the owners of AMERI Energy, were not consulted until the last minute when it was called by Mr Boakye Agyarko and one Nicholas Mawuse Addo, was asked to initial the agreement.

But the NPP MP, insists all the questions must end since to him “no person is indispensable. Whatever it takes, this government must succeed. Who said what and who did what is immaterial. I will want to stick to what the Spokesperson of the President said that the President feels that for the sake of this country and for the sake of the people of this country and for the sake of his administration, the Minister has to go and I think that is what matters. Who said what and who did what is all not important.”

Emmanuel Agyarko, believes the President carefully considered the controversies surrounding the Ameri deal before taking a decision to dismiss him.

“He has looked at it [Ameri deal]. It did not go well so for the sake of Ghanaians and his administration, the Minister had to go,” he told Accra-based Citi FM over the weekend.

President Akufo-Addo on Monday, August 6, 2018, sacked Boakye Agyarko over the agreement to buy out the AMERI power plant with US$310.768 million deal, and end up paying over US$1 Billion to Mytilineos International Trading Company in 15 years, although Ghana would be owning the same plant in two years, if the currently agreement with Ameri is allowed to run uninterrupted.

 A statement from the Communications Directorate of the Presidency said, Mr Agyarko’s firing “takes immediate effect.”

The Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin, confirmed Boakye Agyarko’s dismissal as the Energy Minister, was due to his handling of the AMERI novation and amendment agreement.

“In a nutshell, it [the dismissal] is to do with the issue of the controversial AMERI deal. That is why the President has relieved the Minister for Energy of his position,” he said. But many continue to say that the dismissal was a cover up but that the President’s family members were also involved in the deal.

The roles played by lawyers Philip Addison and Vicky Bright for and on behalf of the Mytilineos International Trading Company, have also come up strongly.

 The two had been part of a ministerial committee which had indicted the initial AMERI agreement signed by the John Mahama administration, calling it fraudulent.

 Gloria Akuffo, the Attorney General was later to reveal the agreement, saying it met every legal requirement, insisting there was nothing illegal about it.     

Having initially been named as the acting Minister of Energy, Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, will now serve as the substantive Minister.

His appointment was a number of changes made by President Akufo-Addo to his government in his first reshuffle, which has been said to be a calculated ploy to divert attention from the AMERI scandal.

Meawhile, issue about Turkish-owned Karpower, is taking shape with reports that its stinks more that the AMERI deal.

Those who have reviewed it told The Herald that “the annual capital recovery charge fixed M&O for the 225MW Karpower plant amount to US$118.4 million. The total payment in 5 years amounts to US$592 million. Since KARPOWER is a 10-year deal, year 6-10 will have an additional fix cost of $495.8million…totaling over 1 billion cedis for the 10 year period! Variable charge was US$15.2 million while standby guarantee is US$50 million”.

Karpower unlike the AMERI deal, unfortunately couldn’t get proper review and public scrutiny.

More to come!

 

 

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