GNPC Audited Account Documents Shredded
The State Enterprise Audit Corporation (SEAC) could not give details of the petroleum production equipments which were sold for 23 billion old cedis by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) in the year 2001, when it appeared before the Judgment Debt Commission yesterday.
The Senior Manager of the State Enterprise Audit Corporation, Frederick Boniface Senahia appeared in respect of the Discovery 511 drill ship owned by GNPC and sold in 2001 to offset its debt owed to Societe General (SG).
According the Mr. Senahia, the State Enterprise Audit was established in the year 1965 to audit the accounts of state owned Enterprises. However, it audited GNPC’s accounts until 2005, when the contract was terminated and handed over to another firm.
He indicated that after 10 years, all the records of the institutions, which were audited by his outfit, have been shredded.
When asked by the Lead Counsel for the commission, Dometi Kofi Sopkor as to why the documents were destroyed.
Mr. Senahia told the Commission that when the report was issued and were not questioned, it’s an indication that it can be disposed of.
Again, when quizzed about an amount of USD$4.4 captured in the audited accounts he replied that without the working papers it was going to be difficult for him to know how that figures was arrived at.
Mr. Senahia was subpoenaed by the Commission to provide documents of the audited accounts of the GNPC in the years 2000 and 2001.
Mr. Senahia could not provide the Commission with any working documents that emanated in the said working account, which would have served as the basis for the audited account to assist in the enquiry into the sale of the GNPC Drill Ship, Discovery 511.
Mr. Senahia is, however, expected to reappear before the commission in respect of the 2000 audited accounts and answer questions on what actually led to the disposal of the drill ship and what happened to the money generated.
The Lead Counsel said it was going to be a problem since the working documents have been shredded but was hopeful that all the issues would come to bare, since the then Minister and the Deputy minister of Energy, Mr. Kan Dapaah and K.T Hammond have shown interest to appear before the commission to assist to unravel the mystery behind the sale of the drill ship.
‘The Figures are crossed to invite them formally to appear to give them brief on the disposal of the drill ship, the disbursement of the money derived from the drill ship and what happened to the balance of the money realized from the sale’, he noted.
Meanwhile, a Chief State Attorney from the Attorney General’s Department, Mrs. Dorothy Afriyie- Ansah appeared before the commission to provide it with certain documents in respect of Dewey and Leboeuf -a Consultancy Firm that did some work in respect of Arbitration between the Government of Ghana and Balkan Energy.
Mrs. Afriyie Ansah tendered in documents in respect of the arbitration. Counsel Sopkor said the documents were going to be perused by the Commission and in the appropriate time invite the AG back.
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