It will not be an overstatement to say that, the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, does not have a handle on what is happening in his government.
On Monday, July 30, the Executive Secretary and cousin to the president, Nana Asante Bediatuo, issue a statement to the effect that, the president, has given executive approval for the new novation Ameri deal.
Under the new proposed agreement, a Greece-based Mytilineos International Trading Company, was to assume management responsibility for the AMERI emergency power-generation arrangement negotiated by the previous government, in effect extending the original outsourcing agreement by ten years.
Last Thursday, August 2, the Daily Statesman, a paper owned by Gabby Asare Octhere Darko, carried a banner headline captioned “New Ameri Deal Is Off”.
According to the newspaper,” information from impeccable sources inside the Office of the President leaked to the Daily Statesman in the past few hours suggests that the Energy Ministry’s solo-driven revised deal with the Dubai-based energy equipment provider AMERI will not see the light of day.
“It is emerging that President Akufo-Addo was misled into granting executive approval for the deal under the guise of there being an urgent need to have a bill laid in Parliament before its rising”.
If the president, can be misled this easily into committing the country into these huge sums of money for a 15 years period, then we are sorry for this nation.
As a newspaper, we are appalled by the latest twist to exonerate the president. The bill was first sent to parliament, it did not pass the committee scrutiny, which is made of both majority and minority members of the house.
The president, who was once a Member of Parliament (MP), was expected to appreciate the reasons why the committee on energy referred the matter back to the ministry of energy, until certain relevant documents are made available.
Among the documents that were not included in the deal are; Attorney General’s Legal Opinion, Minister of Finance’s approval per section 33(1) of PFMA 921 on international debt, the Minister of Finance’s Value for money analysis, approval of tariffs report from Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) and a single sourcing procurement approval from Public Procurement Authority (PPA) as required by such transactions.
A careful study of the agreement, showed that it was nothing, but a clear case of create, loot and share.
Are we to assume that, the president gave the executive approval without reading the fine details?