29 civil society organisations have called for the immediate removal of GNPC CEO Opoku Ahweneeh Danquah and Board Chairman Freddie Blay.
The CSOs are made up of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC), the Imani Centre for Policy and Education and 25 others.
They have accused the two men of working against the interest of the state.
In a press conference on Tuesday, May 23, the Coalition’s Coordinator, Abdul Karim Mohammed, stated that the continued presence of these individuals, who are closely associated with petroleum operations, poses significant risks to Ghana’s interests.
He claimed that the Energy Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, is opposed to a decision by the GNPC Board Chairman, Mr Blay, to sell a stake in Ghana’s oil fields to a South African oil company, Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA).
“It is a viable field, and it is giving us a lot of money if we allow this to go forward. What it means is that PetroSa will be entitled to 50 percent of the earnings from the field, whereas they have not had any role in developing the field to the point where it is now viable.
“The information we have is that the Minister for Energy has objected to this transaction but the Chairman of GNPC Board is pushing this transaction to the extent that the Minister of Energy had written to the Jubilee House over this transaction.”