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Power ship agreement: Govt says it acted within the law

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Government has rubbished claims by the minority in Parliament that it violated the constitution when it allowed the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and the Electricity Company of Ghana to enter into an agreement with Karpower International for the deployment of a power ship.

The minority argues that the agreement which will result in the deployment of 450 megawatts power ship should have first receive parliamentary approval before government issued a letter of comfort to seal it.

Member of the finance committee Alexander Afenyo Markins told Joy News the Supreme Court will have to rule on the issue.

He quoted Article 181 (5) of the constitution which states emphatically that Parliament must give approval for any international commercial transaction entered into by government.

Quoting the recent Supreme Court ruling on Isofoton and Waterville, Afenyo Markins said government cannot proceed with this transaction without involving Parliament.

The Member of Parliament for Effutu suspects a possible “underhand dealings” by government officials.

But a source within government told Joy News, the two entities – GNPC and the ECG – have every right to enter into such agreement without recourse to Parliament.

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