I DIDN’T SEE COURT ORDER FOR SALE OF DRILL SHIP
The chickens are coming home to roost on the GNPC drill ship saga, as Former Energy Minister, Hon. Albert Kan Dapaah and his deputy, K.T Hammond would have a lot of explanation to do when they appear before the Judgment Debt Commission to help unravel and the mystery surrounding the sale of the drill ship.
A former Chief Executive Officer of GNPC, Dr. Amos Ofori Kwao, under whose tenure the drill ship was sold to defray a supposed $19.5 million dollar judgment debt to Societe Generale Bank, told the Judgment Debt Commission, headed by Justice Yaw Apaw, that he did not sight any documents from any court, ordering the payment to Societe Generale.
Dr. Amos Ofori Kwao revealed to the Commission that all the matters and documentation relating to the transaction, leading to the sale of the drill ship was virtually handled by the then deputy Minister of Energy, K.T Hammond and the substantive Minister Albert Kan Dapaah, and that the GNPC played no substantive role in the sale.
He intimated that he was only invited to the office of the Attorney General to append his signature to an already drafted letter of attorney, to enable K.T Hammond, who was then in the UK, to sell the ship which had then been seized in Oman on a court order.
Again, neither the proceeds from the sale nor the documentations from the sale was made known to the GNPC, according to the former CEO.
He told the Commission that when he requested information on the transaction from then Deputy Energy Minister, K.T Hammond, he was told in plain words that the information was not for his consumption.
“When Mr. Hammond first came back I asked him what had happened, he said you did not send me anywhere. I was sent by the President and so I have reported to the President,” the former GNPC boss told the Commission.
He narrated further that after a while, he decided to write officially to the Minister in July, requesting details of the transaction, since the ship belonged to the GNPC and the fact that there were a lot of debt obligations that the GNPC had to fulfill at that time.
He said “eventually it was somewhere in October that the Minister wrote back to me that the rig was sold for $24million,” with a breakdown which stated that $19.5 million was used to pay for the debt, $1million for legal fees, with the remaining $3.5million paid into government chest.
Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the 3.5million supposedly paid into government chest still remains a mystery.
His subsequent submissions at the commission pointed to the fact that there were a lot of executive interferences in the administration of the GNPC and all matters relating to the sale of the ship.
When asked why he resigned on principle as CEO of GNPC, when news broke that a project he had assigned a junior officer had gone bad, he said, he took responsibility for a project and resigned, only to realize later that the information on that project, as reported by a newspaper, which he failed to name, was false.
Justice Apaw commended him for standing by his principles, which is rare among public officials in Ghana.
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