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AMERI SAGA: Dumsor will soon creep back if gov't delays in paying outstanding debts-Institute

Written by  Aug 08, 2018
The Institute of Public Policy Research has called on Akufo-Addo to sanction all individuals who played various roles in the negotiation of the AMERI Novation Agreement. The institute is of the view that the sacked minister could not have acted alone hence the need for the president to sack everyone involved in the renegotiated deal. They have also warned that ‘’… AMERI is likely to fall back on the standby Letter of Credit in the next few months if the government of Ghana delays any further in paying its outstanding debt of $82,660,560.00 to AMERI. This could have dire consequences on the power supply situation and a possible return to load shedding popularly called dumsor.’’ below is the full statement The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) demands more action on the AMERI deal The Institute of Public Policy Research calls on the President to take action on all people who took part in the negotiation of the AMERI Novation Agreement. IPPR believes that the former Energy Minister Mr Boakye Agyarko could not have acted alone in this whole renegotiation deal with AMERI. Hence the Institute is calling on the President not to use only Mr Boakye Agyarko as a scapegoat but to make sure that all government appointees who played a role in the botched AMERI deal be made to face the consequences. All other officials from the Ministries and Presidency found culpable in the embarrassing renegotiated deal should be dealt with appropriately. There should be no effort to shield any or some officials; appointees especially. We particularly call attention to the following public interest questions: 1. Who were the other government officials who renegotiated the AMERI deal? 2. How exactly was the President misled? 3. Was there any financial loss in renegotiating this deal? 4. How much cost did the State incur on government officials during the renegotiation process? 5. With the huge financial commitment involved in this renegotiated deal, why did the President not consult his cabinet or Economic Management Team before giving the executive approval? 6. On what basis did the President give such executive approval to the deal? 7. Is it still the believe of this Administration that the AMERI deal was over priced by $150 million? 8. Will the government return to the negotiation table with AMERI and when? 9. Will any failure to renegotiate this deal mean the government has not been truthful to the people of Ghana? 10. When will government resume its commitment to AMERI by way of paying up its debts to the Dubai based company? Government's prompt response to these relevant questions will not only serve the public interest but also put to rest the unending controversies surrounding this deal. IPPR is warning that AMERI is likely to fall back on the standby Letter of Credit in the next few months if the government of Ghana delays any further in paying its outstanding debt of $82,660,560.00 to AMERI. This could have dire consequences on the power supply situation and a possible return to load shedding popularly called dumsor. Signed Executive Director Eugene B.G Bawelle
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