KUFOUR BOYS FACE TSATSU
http://thechronicle.com.gh/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/KT.jpg Following the inability of the SocietÃ© General (SG) and other state institutions to trace the transaction documents on the sale of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) drill ship, Discovery 511, the Sole Commissioner, Justice Yaw Apau, says he now has no option than to invite some of the protagonists to assist in unraveling the mystery.
He said: ‘I have not lost hope, because the key players will be here to dig further into the issue, since everybody says the documents cannot be traced.’
Justice Apau subsequently indicated that Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, former GNPC boss, Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah, former Energy Minister, and his Deputy, Kwabena Tahir Hammond, will soon appear before the Commission to help unravel the mystery behind the sale of the ship.
He said issues concerning the transactions were conflicting. He made reference to the fact that when the Chief Executive Officer of GNPC, Mr. Asafu Adjaye, appeared before the Commission, he indicated that all documents in respect of the sale of the drill ship were forwarded to the Attorney General’s Department (AG).
Justice Apau further noted that the puzzle became more confusing when the Chief State Attorney, Mrs. Dorothy Afriyie Ansah, told the Commission yesterday that the AG’s Department could not trace any documents on the business transaction.
When quizzed by the Lead Counsel for the Commission, Dometi Kofi Sopkor, whether AG’s Department was aware of the suit in the London Court, and whether the documents had been conveyed to the Public Records and Archives Administration Department (PRAAD), she was unable to answer.
Mrs. Afriyie Ansah said she was unable to say anything to that effect, but since this case happened in 2001, it could be that they had been sent to the PRAAD, and assured the Commission of the continuous search for the documents.
In other developments, representatives of the Department of Urban Roads (DUR), Volta River Authority (VRA), and the Registrar General’s Department also appeared before the Commission to submit documents.
The Deputy Director of Finance and Administration at DUR, Philip Lartey, told the Commission that a search through their documents and various offices across the country could not fetch any file in respect of African Automobile Limited (AAL).
He said a search conducted in their Kumasi, Takoradi, Tema, and Accra offices to locate any form of agreement and transaction documents was fruitless.
He said there were no indications his outfit went into an agreement with AAL to service and maintain their vehicles, which subsequently, ended up in a Commercial Court, where a judgment of GH¢7,829.54 was awarded in favour of AAL.
The Director in charge of Real Estate at VRA, Mr. Afriyie, appeared in respect of certain compensation paid to people who were affected by the Akosombo Dam construction in the 1960s.
He indicated to the Commission that until 1975, when payment of compensation was handed over to the Lands Valuation Commission, the VRA was responsible for the disbursement of compensations to individuals and stool lands which were affected.
Mr. Afriyie added that VRA paid the total sum of GH¢19.5 billion to the claimants before the Lands Valuation took over. He submitted documents to that effect.
The Lead Counsel for the commission, in an interview, said the VRA was subpoenaed to assist the commission’s enquiries into compensation paid and those yet to be paid to claimants to avoid judgment debt payments in the near future.
According to him, the summons of the VRA was only a check-up to save the state from paying any ridiculous judgment debt.
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